70 Hospitality Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

70 Hospitality Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a hospitality business in 2021?

We put together 70 of the best hospitality businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other hospitality businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a cleaning business ($1.2M/year)

Neel Parekh from Los Angeles, CA, USA started MaidThis Franchise over 8 years ago, a cleaning business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

I originally started MaidThis as a side hustle while I was working at a private equity investment firm. Like many people working the corporate grind, I was fascinated by becoming my own boss.

With any first product or service launch, you’re almost guaranteed to get some aspect of it wrong. You might be priced too low, not be addressing the right target market, or have the package all wrong.

I finally stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, which turns out is basically the Bible for the digital nomad community, and decided I wanted to experience “location freedom”.

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Neel Parekh, on starting MaidThis Franchise ($100,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a hotel consulting business ($6M/year)

Tom Boyd from Knoxville, TN, USA started Ancient Lore Village over 2 years ago, a hotel consulting business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Knoxville, TN, USA

I was in the process of writing a book about the rise and fall of democracy in the United States. At that time, my son entered the gubernatorial race in Tennessee and I spent 18 months on the campaign trail in small towns and cities all over the state. In talking to all types of people, I found so much intolerance and hatred and lack of understanding for other people. I knew that I needed to change the direction of the book.

I decided to write a book about a person who took a journey and discovered all different types of people and saw that they could all live together in a place of peace, joy, and happiness where only good existed. That place is Ancient Lore Village. To test the theory of my book, I felt that building a Village in its image would be the best way to test this theory.

Having built 17 successful businesses, I had learned from experience that first, you must build a team. First, I found a very creative architect that shared the same vision. Then I set out to find a team of experts in the hospitality industry, with experience in service, lodging, and culinary. I found Melissa Blettner, former Senior Vice President for Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.

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Tom Boyd, on starting Ancient Lore Village ($500,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a walking tour business ($118K/year)

Alessandro Ferrari from Modena started Free Walking Tour Italia about 3 years ago, a walking tour business.

  • Revenue: $9,806/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Modena

The idea came upon a journey on the road from Shanghai to Cambodia. We participated in several Free Walking Tours and we realized it was a perfect way to discover cities from a new perspective...more real. Usually, Free Walking Tours have an easier and more funnier approach to the city tour, focusing more on the concepts than on details (that would easily be forgotten). They target an audience of independent travelers, not organized in big groups, on which Italian tourism never really bet and developed dedicated services, the street was therefore quite empty.

Lele (one of the 3 founders) asked us: “why shouldn’t we do it in Italy? It is not even well-developed”. The answer was right there “why not?!” and we simply started. We had an idea of the great potential of Free Walking Tours, before starting the adventure we deeply interviewed some of the Free Walking Tour managers around the world.

Our financial situation was a complete disaster, we were 28 and had very little money in our pockets. The only winning point was that we had a solid basis of project management and commercial management grew in other companies in which we were working as employees. We applied a professional approach to the business in an “American style”, which is not common in the Italian touristic sector.

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Alessandro Ferrari, on starting Free Walking Tour Italia ($9,806/month) full story ➜

4. Start a travel agency ($24K/year)

Marissa Daniels from Remote started Spread Your Wings Travel over 2 years ago, a travel agency.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Remote

I was blessed to grow up in a two-parent household with a loving and caring set of parents. My father was in the military and because of that, I was born in California in ‘94. I’m a Georgia Peach all the way, but I was born in California. Unfortunately, in September of 2018, my life shifted when my father passed from cancer. It was pretty quick. In July, he was diagnosed and in September, he took his last breath. I was a Daddy’s girl to the FULLEST, so you can imagine the pain I went through - and still going through.

Do research before starting. If you want to start a business - research before you pay anything.

Fortunately, he was there to see me graduate from Valdosta State University in 2016. I majored in Mass Media with a Speech Communication Minor. Growing up, I loved to be in front of the camera (my father was a photographer) and I would record the video announcements at my church, as young as 11 years old. I also recorded the announcements in elementary school. I just knew Broadcast Journalism was something I was interested in.

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Marissa Daniels, on starting Spread Your Wings Travel ($2,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a tour company ($45K/year)

Alexandra Kenin from San Francisco, California, USA started Urban Hiker SF about 9 years ago, a tour company.

  • Revenue: $3,750/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Before starting Urban Hiker SF, I worked as a marketing manager at Google from 2007 to 2012. By the end of my time there, I was very burned out on big company politics—and mainly on commuting (up to three hours a day), so I knew I needed to leave. I had saved a bunch of money and knew I had enough funds to take some time off.

After I quit, I took some time off to explore San Francisco. By that time, I had lived in the city for 4.5 years, but I didn’t know it that well as I spent most days at Google headquarters in Mountain View. With my time off, I explored our city’s mosaic stairways, our beautiful beaches, our “wave organ”—all the places I had wanted to visit, but never had the time to.

Take actionable steps toward your goals every day and you’ll make progress. Also, once you get started, you’ll meet people along your way to help you. You won’t necessarily find those people if you’re only doing research and not actually launching.

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Alexandra Kenin, on starting Urban Hiker SF ($3,750/month) full story ➜

6. Start a private snorkel tour business ($720K/year)

Nok from Krabi Province, Thailand started Five Star Thailand Tours almost 6 years ago, a private snorkel tour business.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: Krabi Province, Thailand

Travel had always been a passion of mine. Growing up in a popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom - I was immersed in the travel culture. Granted, Blackpool Beach can’t be compared to the beaches found in the south of Thailand. However, one thing remains the same- beach destinations attract tourism. So with a flow of adventure-seeking travelers passing through, paired with awesome and high-quality service to offer. A winning recipe is brought to life.

I’d spend every summer of my early twenties, grafting my way through countless European cities. A new tourist destination every few months. Picking up low-paid promotional work for events, clubs, and bars across the continent. In return for a bed, a meal and a beer or two. Barely scraping by, earning just enough to fund my travel habit. But I loved it, every moment of it. I loved helping other travelers find what they needed in a new location.

My passion for travel, saw me relocate, moving in with extended family in Thailand, at a young age of just twenty-something. I didn’t know what the plan was. And I certainly didn't plan on founding a boat tour business. I knew that my love for helping travelers, staying open-minded, and being in the right place at the right time had, (usually), worked out in the past.

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Nok, on starting Five Star Thailand Tours ($60,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a surveillance helicopter charter business

Examples of a successful surveillance helicopter charter business:

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8. Start a jet ski rental business

Examples of a successful jet ski rental business:

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9. Start a summer camp

Examples of a successful summer camp:

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10. Start a scuba diving instruction business ($480K/year)

Examples of a successful scuba diving instruction business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a scuba diving instruction business:

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11. Start an eco hotels business

Examples of a successful eco hotels business:

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12. Start a fishing charter business

Examples of a successful fishing charter business:

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13. Become a bed and breakfast owner

Examples of a successful bed and breakfast owner:

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14. Start a car rental business

Examples of a successful car rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car rental business:

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15. Start a hotel art supply business

Examples of a successful hotel art supply business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hotel art supply business:

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16. Start a pod hotels business

Examples of a successful pod hotels business:

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17. Start a casino hotels business

Examples of a successful casino hotels business:

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18. Start a glamping business

Examples of a successful glamping business:

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19. Start a student hostel business

Examples of a successful student hostel business:

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20. Start a party bus business

Examples of a successful party bus business:

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21. Start an extended stay hotels business

Examples of a successful extended stay hotels business:

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22. Start a bike rental store

Examples of a successful bike rental store:

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23. Start a luxury hotels business

Examples of a successful luxury hotels business:

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24. Start a canoe and kayak tours business

Examples of a successful canoe and kayak tours business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a canoe and kayak tours business:

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25. Start a hotels business

Examples of a successful hotels business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hotels business:

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26. Start a wine tour business

Examples of a successful wine tour business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wine tour business:

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27. Start a boatel business

Examples of a successful boatel business:

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28. Start a patient medical centre business

Examples of a successful patient medical centre business:

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29. Start a double decker bus tour business

Examples of a successful double decker bus tour business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a double decker bus tour business:

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30. Start a day spa business

Examples of a successful day spa business:

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31. Start a pension lodging business

Examples of a successful pension lodging business:

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32. Start a spa resort business

Examples of a successful spa resort business:

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33. Start a suite hotels business

Examples of a successful suite hotels business:

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34. Start an e-scooter business

Examples of a successful e-scooter business:

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35. Start a conference and convention center hotels business

Examples of a successful conference and convention center hotels business:

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36. Start a timeshare rentals business

Examples of a successful timeshare rentals business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a timeshare rentals business:

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37. Start a serviced apartments business

Examples of a successful serviced apartments business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a serviced apartments business:

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38. Start a golf course

Examples of a successful golf course:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a golf course:

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39. Start a water park business

Examples of a successful water park business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a water park business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a water park business ➜

40. Start a garden hotels business

Examples of a successful garden hotels business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a garden hotels business:

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41. Start a self-service hotels business

Examples of a successful self-service hotels business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a self-service hotels business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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42. Start a budget-friendly hotels business

Examples of a successful budget-friendly hotels business:

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43. Start a resort hotels business

Examples of a successful resort hotels business:

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44. Start a pet sitting business

Examples of a successful pet sitting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pet sitting business:

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45. Start a skydiving business

Examples of a successful skydiving business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a skydiving business:

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46. Start an airport hotels business

Examples of a successful airport hotels business:

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47. Start an ice hotel business

Examples of a successful ice hotel business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice hotel business:

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48. Start a corporate retreat and workshops business

Examples of a successful corporate retreat and workshops business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a corporate retreat and workshops business:

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49. Start a hotel booking platform ($60M/year)

Examples of a successful hotel booking platform:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hotel booking platform:

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50. Start an eco tours service business

Examples of a successful eco tours service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a eco tours service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an eco tours service business ➜

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51. Start a shipping container hotel

Examples of a successful shipping container hotel:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shipping container hotel:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shipping container hotel ➜

52. Start a surfing lessons business

Examples of a successful surfing lessons business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a surfing lessons business:

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Learn more about starting a surfing lessons business ➜

53. Start an airport bus shuttle services

Examples of a successful airport bus shuttle services:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a airport bus shuttle services:

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54. Start an airbnb hosting business

Examples of a successful airbnb hosting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a airbnb hosting business:

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55. Start a hotelship business

Examples of a successful hotelship business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hotelship business:

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56. Start an amusement park business

Examples of a successful amusement park business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a amusement park business:

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57. Start a souvenir shop ($30K/year)

Examples of a successful souvenir shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a souvenir shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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58. Start a guest house business

Examples of a successful guest house business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a guest house business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a guest house business ➜

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59. Start a motel business

Examples of a successful motel business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a motel business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a motel business ➜

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60. Start a chain hotels business

Examples of a successful chain hotels business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a chain hotels business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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61. Start a pet hotel business

Examples of a successful pet hotel business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pet hotel business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pet hotel business ➜

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62. Start an a ryokan business

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a a ryokan business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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63. Start a cruise ship travel agent business

Examples of a successful cruise ship travel agent business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cruise ship travel agent business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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64. Start a campground business

Examples of a successful campground business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a campground business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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65. Start a kennels business

Examples of a successful kennels business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a kennels business:

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66. Start a house sitting business

Examples of a successful house sitting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a house sitting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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67. Start a boutique hotel business

Examples of a successful boutique hotel business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a boutique hotel business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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68. Start a pop-up hotel business

Examples of a successful pop-up hotel business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pop-up hotel business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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69. Become a travel photographer

Examples of a successful travel photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a travel photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a travel photographer ➜

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70. Start a spa hotel business

Examples of a successful spa hotel business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a spa hotel business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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