Pineapple in the hospitality world means friendship; it is the friendship fruit. The Pineapple has symbolized hospitality and friendship for centuries. The Pineapple across Continents has come to mean sharing, caring, and friendship. The symbol of hospitality is the big beautiful plump fruit itself, with its rough brown exterior and edible sweet firm yellow interior.
The history of the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality dates back to the days of the colonists. Ships would sail from New England to Caribbean Islands to pick up fruit and supplies for the colonies. It was here they discovered the pineapple that they would carry to the colonies. The ship’s captains would display a pineapple outside his cabin to let friends know of his safe arrival from the Caribbean Islands with supplies, and that visitors were welcome into his home.
Pineapple: Hospitality and Wealth
The pineapple’s popular in England as well. The pineapple was reportedly discovered by Christopher Columbus and brought to Europe for cultivating. In Europe, the pineapple was considered a sign of wealth and given as gifts to prominent visitors.
In the American colonies, innkeepers were fond of displaying a symbol of a pineapple on their establishment sign or door as a form of welcome and friendship to their arriving guests.
Today the symbol of a pineapple has been adopted as an international symbol of hospitality and can be seen displayed in hotels and restaurants, bidding patrons welcome. Given that the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, Innkeepers should leverage this long standing tradition in the marketing of their B&B or Inn. Consider adding a pineapple in decorative dishes and centerpieces. As guests arrive, they can be greeted with chunks of pineapple, with a message explaining the meaning of the pineapple. As a result, your guest will leave with a memorable experience.