Reconceptualising the commercial meal experience in the hospitality industry

MB Stierand, RC Wood

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This article critically reappraises a key concept in hospitality management (and specifically food and beverage management) - that of the meal experience. Focusing primarily on the commercial sense and applications of the concept, while recognising the many other contexts that provide a basis for much wider study of the phenomenon, the discussion questions the status of the meal experience as part of the 'received wisdom' of hospitality management on the grounds that empirical support for the concept, as represented in the published research literature, is limited both in quantity and evidential persuasiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-148
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Hospitality management
  • Indicative research evidence
  • Meal experience
  • Substantive research evidence


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