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Food and Beverage Charges or Revenues generated from Food and Beverage Outlets.

Synonyms - F&B Revenue
Fair Share

The number of room nights a property would sell if demand were distributed based on the number of rooms in each property.

Familiarisation Tour

A reduced-rate, often complementary, trip or tour offered to travel agents, wholesalers, incentive travel planners, travel writers, broadcasters, or photographers to promote a hotel or a destination.

Synonyms - FAM, FAM Tour, FAM Trip, Familiarisation Trip
Family Life Cycle

A series of stages used to distinguish between types of travellers; variables used to determine family life cycle stages are age, marital status, and presence and ages of children.

Family Rate

A special room rate for parents and children occupying one guest room.

Feeder City

A city other than the hotel's city from which guests arrive.


Fermentation - The interaction of yeast and carbohydrates which develops carbon dioxide gas and alcohol.


Fiber - Indigestible carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables.


FIT - Free Individual Traveller( Any individual guest who is not part of any group or conference.)

Synonyms - Free Individual Traveller

FIT means Free Independent Traveler or Free Independent Tourist. A FIT is an individual or family or group less than 7 rooms travelling and vacationing with a self-booked itinerary. FIT travel is. not done as a member of a traditional guided tour.

Synonyms - Free Independent Traveler, Free Independent Tourist
Fixed Menu

Fixed Menu - A menu that doesn't change every day.


Flambe: To flame a dessert or other food by dousing with potable alcohol and setting alight.

Flambe work

Cooking carried out in front of a customer in which a spirit or liqueur is added and set alight.


A flat silver plated or stainless steel tray used for service.


Crescent-shape piece of baked puff pastry to garnish,e.g., a fish dish.