Terms of Business

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

“Terms of Business” in Hotels

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BISTRO

The word bistro may derive from the Russian быстро (bystro) which means quickly. According to an urban legend, it entered the French language during the Russian occupation of Paris in 1815. Russian cossacks who wanted to be served quickly would shout "bystro."

LOBBYIST

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tems from the word "LOBBY". The term ‘lobbyist’ was coined in 19th century at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC, on Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the Congress. During that time, the lobby near the reception area of the hotel was virtually the only conveniently placed site where it was possible for the politicians and White House and Congress workers, and the persons wanting to talk with them, to find shelter from the weather.

President Ulysses Grant liked to use this hotel as a refuge from the White House pressure; the hotel placed a leather chair in a secluded part of the lobby for him, where he could enjoy his favourite cigars and brandy in relative peace. Still, he was pestered there by would-be power brokers seeking his ear; for such people he coined the word ‘lobbyists’. A global expression truly coined at a hotel.

GYMNASIUM (=GYM) detailed description…

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he word γυμνάσιον (gymnasion) was used in Ancient Greece, meaning a locality for both physical and intellectual education of young men. The later meaning of intellectual education persisted in German and other languages to denote a certain type of school providing secondary education, the Gymnasium, whereas in English the meaning of physical education was pertained in the word gym.

PAGE BOY

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age boys are usually under the management of the concierge desk. The term comes from the medieval times. A page was an attendant to a knight; an apprentice squire. A young boy served as a page for seven years, from the age of seven(after cutting hair - there is still a hair style called page boy) until he was fourteen. At age fourteen, he couldgraduate to become a squire, and by age 21, perhaps a knight himself.Similar pages served in castles, and great houses fetching things and running messages for aristocrats and royalty.These boys were often the scions of other great families who werelearning the ropes of the manorial system by watching and learning.Their residence in the house served as a goodwill gesture between thetwo families involved and helped them gain political contacts for theiradult lives. A reference to this kind of page is found in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslaus: "Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know'st it, telling...."

In hotels, you could come across some older page "boys", too. Sometimes referred to as porters, bellman or bell·hop, they carry luggage and do errands.

 

SPA  detailed description…

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he term is derived from the name of the town of Spa in Belgium, where since medieval times illnesses caused by iron deficiency were treated by drinking chalybeate (iron bearing) spring water.

WIN WIN

The term “win-win” was popularized by Stephen Covey in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It has become a symbol for mutual benefit.

The 7 Habits

Habit 1: Be Proactive: Principles of Personal Choice
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind: Principles of Personal Vision
Habit 3: Put First Things First: Principles of Integrity & Execution
Habit 4: Think Win/Win: Principles of Mutual Benefit
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Principles of Mutual Understanding
Habit 6: Synergize: Principles of Creative Cooperation
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw: Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal

 

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

European, Continental & American Plan

The European Plan, sometimes abbreviated as EP in hotel listings, indicates that the quoted rate is strictly for lodging and does not include any meals. All food provided by the hotel is billed separately. Taxes and tips are usually additional as well. Some hotels offer guests the option of being on the American Plan, a Modified American Plan, a Continental Plan, or the European Plan. The advantage of the European Plan is that it encourages guests to try a variety of restaurant experiences, and they can often save money by eating at establishments that charge less than the hotel dining room.
The Continental Plan, sometimes abbreviated as CP in hotel listings, indicates that the quoted rate includes a continental breakfast. A continental breakfast normally consists of coffee or tea, juice, and bread. The bread may be as simple as a loaf or as appealing as a basket of freshly baked croissants, scones, and muffins. At some facilities, yogurt and fresh fruit may also be available. The Continental Plan breakfast does not include cooked foods, such as pancakes or eggs.
The American Plan, sometimes abbreviated as AP in hotel listings, means that the quoted rate includes three meals a day, i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the American plan, the meals are provided by the hotel kitchen.
Some hotels offer guests the option of being on the American plan or paying a la carte for food consumed in their facility. Travelers choosing a hotel in a remote location where there are not many restaurants — or none at all — need to stay at a hotel that offers an American plan. In Europe this plan is simply called "full board". divider

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