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Detailed structure and explanatory notes

ISIC Rev.3.1 code 55


  • Section: H - Hotels and restaurants
  • Division: 55 - Hotels and restaurants


This Division is divided into the following Groups:

  • 551 - Hotels; camping sites and other provision of short-stay accommodation
  • 552 - Restaurants, bars and canteens

Explanatory note

The sector comprises units providing customers with short-term lodging and/or preparing meals, snacks, and beverages for immediate consumption. The section includes both accommodation and food services because the two activities are often combined at the same unit.
There may be some overlap between activities in section H. A restaurant activity is a specific activity, but may also be implicitly included in lodging.
Lodging units provide lodging or short-term accommodations for travellers, vacationers and others. There is a wide range of units. Some provide lodging only; while others provide meals and recreational facilities, as well as lodging. The type of complementary services provided may vary from unit to unit.
Units belonging to the restaurant group provide complete meals fit for immediate consumption. Those units can be traditional restaurants, self-service or takeaway restaurants as well as permanent or temporary fish-and-chips stands and the like with or without seating. What is decisive is the fact that meals fit for immediate consumption are offered, not the kind of facility providing them. Excluded is the production of meals not fit for immediate consumption, of meals not planned to be consumed immediately and of prepared food that is not considered to be a meal (see division 15). Also excluded is the sale of not self-manufactured food that is not considered to be a meal and of meals that are not fit for immediate consumption (see section G).

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