Thats right, the pineapple. The symbol of Hospitality.
If you didn't know already, the pineapple is THE symbol of hospitality and generosity. It started a long time ago when in the colonial era, explorers would bring back interesting and rare goods to Europe from their explorations. This included foods like avocados, cane sugar and of course the pineapple.
The problem with the pineapple was that it was not able to be farmed in Europe due to its environment. So, it was extremely rare and those who paid for it were deemed some of the wealthiest people in the world at the time. In our days it would have been around the same value as $8,000, crazy right!! It remained the symbol of wealth throughout the 15th and 16th centuries and was also demanded in colonial America.
Becoming the symbol for Hospitality.
But how did it become the symbol of hospitality? Well since they were so rare and in demand they were only given to the most noble and most prestigious guests, and in order to allow everyone to feel the rarity of the pineapple, hotels, restaurants, homes and towns would put images of the pineapple up on everything! Including dinnerware, wallpaper, and cutlery. It then became known as the symbol of being Welcoming. You might still see old buildings with carvings of pineapples on them.
Anyways thats the history of how it started, but how does it apply to hospitality today?
The pineapple now is attributed with notion of being sweet, warm and welcoming, so it's only fitting that we use the pineapple as an example for how we continue our work. The shape of the pineapple demands attention with its crown and tough exterior, just like our hotels and when we walk our guests through our hotels, it has that wow factor.
So now you know what our symbol is and how it represents us. We should continue to remember this while we work that we should always be welcoming. After all, people come from all over the world to our beautiful hotels looking for that service.
Thank you guys!
Hope you enjoyed a little history in the hospitality industry.
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McKibben, Beth. “Why the Pineapple Is the Symbol of Hospitality.” Southern Kitchen, 11 Feb. 2020, www.southernkitchen.com/articles/entertain/how-the-pineapple-became-the-ultimate-symbol-of-southern-hospitality.