How does knowledge of etiquette, in the hospitality industry, help make guests feel more comfortable.

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When guests arrive at a hotel or a restaurant or an event, they will expect and want to be treated with courtesy and respect.  This is where a good grounding in proper etiquette is important for workers in the hospitality industry. 

In this context, etiquette does not really refer to things like knowing which fork to use at the dinner table.  Instead, it refers to a knowledge of the cultural norms that govern interactions between people.  For example, workers in the hospitality industry need to know the proper way to greet their customers.  If they are not formal enough for a given situation, they will make the guests feel uncomfortable.  The guests may not feel that they are being treated respectfully or that the service is up to proper standards.  On the other hand, excessive formality (for a given situation) can also leave guests uncomfortable.  It can make them feel that they are in a situation where the staff is not friendly and welcoming.

The staff of any business in the hospitality industry must understand how to act with the proper level of politeness for various types of guests in various different situations.  By doing so, they will be able to give the guests the sort of experience that they expect and with which they will be comfortable.

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