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Hospitality Industry: Restaurants, Hotels, & Lodging Resource Guide

Market Data

This section is primarily for those looking for statistical and analytical information related to the industry and includes some more modern market research. While the market research reports as we see today are a relatively new phenomena, similar items have been produced but not necessarily with any regularity. When we have found them we have tried to include them.

The other material content on the page is related to government data. Census has long used industry codes (first SIC and then NAICS) to identify industries and those codes are often used in private sector products as well as the print and electronic resources from Census. For historical research, government data from the Census Bureau will be some of the most accessible data. They have changed how they collect the data and how industries are represented but they can be used to track numbers over a longer period of time.

Industry Codes

There are various systems used for industry research to classify business entities. These codes are used by the Census Bureau and are used in print and electronic sources. Knowing these schemes can make some areas of research easier because some databases, many of the print sources, and the U.S. government (most notably the Census) use them in their indexing and for charts, graphs, and lists. The most important of these in the United States are the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). Internationally, there is the International Standard Industrial Classifications of All Economic Activities (ISITC) External maintained by the United Nations.

Standard Industrial Classification Codes (SIC)

Standard Industrial Classification Codes were introduced in the 1930s and were used until the introduction of the NAICS code system in 1997.

Major Group 70: Hotels, Rooming Houses, Camps, And Other Lodging Places

7011 Hotels and Motels and includes:
Bed and breakfast inns, Cabins and cottages, Casino hotels, Hotels, except residential, Inns, Motels, ;Recreational hotels, Resort hotels, Seasonal hotels, Ski lodges and resorts, Tourist cabins, Tourist courts.

Major Group 58: Eating And Drinking Places

5812 Eating Places and includes:
Buffets (eating places), Cafes, Cafeterias, Carry-out restaurants, Coffee shops, Concession stands, prepared food (e.g., in airports and sports arenas), Diners (eating places), Dining rooms, Dinner theaters, Drive-in restaurants, Fast food restaurants, Grills (eating places), Hamburger stands, Hot dog stands, Ice cream stands, Lunch counters, Luncheonettes, Lunchrooms, Pizza parlors, Pizzerias, Refreshment stands, Restaurants, Restaurants (carry-out), Restaurants (fast food), Sandwich bars or shops, Snack shops, Soda fountains, Submarine sandwich shops, Tea rooms, Theaters (dinner), etc.

5813 Drinking Places (alcoholic Beverages) and includes:
Bars (alcoholic beverage drinking places), Beer gardens (drinking places), Beer parlors (tap rooms), Beer taverns, Beer, wine, and liquors: sale for on-premise consumption, Bottle clubs (drinking places), Cabarets, Cocktail lounges, Discotheques, alcoholic beverage, Drinking places, alcoholic beverages, Night clubs, Saloons (drinking places), Tap rooms (drinking places), Taverns (drinking places), Wine bars.


North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS)

Both restaurants and lodging are with Major Group 72 Accommodation and Food Services in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) but we are including a bit more detail below. The NAICS codes are what Census uses now and are updated and refined regularly.

72 Accommodation and Food Services

721 Accommodation: Industries in the Accommodation subsector provide lodging or short-term accommodations for travelers, vacationers, and others.
7211 Traveler Accommodation
72111 Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels
72112 Casino Hotels
72119 Other Traveler Accommodation like Bed & Breakfasts

722 Food Services and Drinking Places
7224 Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
72251 Restaurants and Other Eating Places
722511 Full-Service Restaurants: Bagel shops, full service, Brew pub restaurants, primarily serving meals, full service, Diners, full service, Doughnut shops, full service, Family restaurants, full service, Fine dining restaurants, full service, Full service restaurants, Pizza parlors, full service, Pizzerias, full service, Restaurants, full service, and Steak houses, full service
722513 Limited-Service Restaurants
722514 Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets
722515 Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars

2022 North American Product Classification System (NAPCS)

The North American Product Classification System (NAICPS) hierarchical structure consisting of sections, subsections, divisions, groups, subgroups, and trilateral products.

31 Leisure and long-distance travel, tourism, and accommodation products

317 Accommodation for travelers

31701 Accommodation for travelers

31701010101 Room or unit accommodation for travelers

Print Resources

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

Census Data

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

Below are links to relevant government websites and research guides.