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Term Definition
A la

A French phrase used in menu writing to indicate the style of preparation - eg; Chicken Ala King etc.

Synonyms - Ala
A la Carte

Items prepared to order as per the guest choice from the menu.

A.M. Room check

A.M. Room check is a visual look at guestrooms that are supposed to be ready to receive guests for the purpose of verifying status. Check is made at about 8:00 A.M. Those rooms not in a ready status are called A.M. Discrepancies and must be investigated. Some hotels conduct A.M. Room checks on every room to determine each room’s status. Sometimes the housekeeping department schedules workers according to the results of the A.M. Room check.


AAA is  American Automobile Association


AARP is American Association of Retired Persons.


Accommodation Charges or Revenues related to Room.

Accelerated depreciation

Accelerated depreciation  is a method of depreciation that gives greater amounts of depreciation expenses in the earlier years of an asset’s life. 

Access Aisle

An aisle that is a necessary part of an accessible parking space.The aisle allows disabled individuals with a device, such as a wheelchair, to enter and exit vehicles and travel to the sidewalk or building entrance.

Access time

Access time is the amount of time required for a processor to retrieve information from the Hard drive; recorded in milliseconds.


Accident is the term used to describe employee injuries.


Before there was the word ‘hotel’ there was the word accommodation or places for travellers, which has a more extensive meaning than the word ‘hotel’. However, the hotel is the accommodation for travellers who wish to have lodging through payment to the proprietor.


Account is a record in which the current status (or balance) of each type of asset, liability, owners’ equity,sales revenue, and expense is kept.


Accountability is a worker’s obligation to a supervisor to carry out the responsibilities delegated and to produce the results expected.

Accounting cycle

Accounting cycle is a recurring series of steps that occurs during each accounting period.

Accounting equation

Accounting equation is assets = liabilities + owners’ equity. Sometimes referred to as the balance sheet equation.