Innkeeping News and Announcements
Innkeepers Offer Free Weekend Getaways to Those Battered by the Recession
Lower Waterford, Vermont - Vermont innkeeper Leslie Mulcahy remembers what it's like to have a husband out of work and feel beaten down by a recession. "It goes past the financial stress," she said. "You're wondering what's wrong with you. Why you can't find anything. And then you realize there's nothing to be found. But that's not comforting either." Mulcahy says her life started to turn around when she and her husband Brian Mulcahy, took a trip they really couldn't afford to the Rabbit Hill Inn -- a small, luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in the White Mountains of northern Vermont. Source: ABC News
Cedar City Bed Breakfast Wins Worldwide Award
Cedar City, Utah- Based on worldwide customer reviews, Amid Summer's Inn, 140 S. 100 West, was voted the 2009 Number One Inn, according to the "The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International" by Pamela Lanier. Owner Charlene Elsasser said she is excited about receiving the award, which selects the best bed and breakfast of the year from about 8,500 inns across the country. "It's such an honor to be able to get this award," she said. "No one in Utah has ever gotten this award before." Source: The Spectrum
Lanesboro designated B&B Capital of Minnesota
The 2009 Minnesota Legislative Session ended with a new designation for Lanesboro. A senate resolution recognizing Lanesboro as the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota was proclaimed. After conducting research from the Minnesota Department of Health and other official avenues, Lanesboro Lodging Work Group requested to be officially designated the "Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota." A bed and breakfast is defined by the Minnesota State Board of Health as: "Bed & Breakfasts are owner occupied establishments which offer lodging and breakfast, without a limitation on the number of rooms offered." The city with the closest number of bed and breakfast licenses in Minnesota is Stillwater, which holds 8 bed and breakfast licenses. Source: Fillmore County Journal
Colonel Taylor Inn B&B Wins Award
Colonel Taylor Inn B&B has been selected for the 2009 Best of Cambridge Award in the Inns category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Source: US Commerce Association
Great Smoky Mountains Bed and Breakfast Tour
Waynesville, NC—Six Waynesville, North Carolina bed and breakfast inns are opening their homes for touring in conjunction with Haywood County’s Play in the Park Week to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tour will start at Herren House and then go onto Oak Hill on Love Lane, Andon-Reid Inn, Windover Inn, Brookside Mountain Mist and end at Grand View Lodge where there will be a reception. All six bed and breakfast inns have a rich history, facts and time related stories to tell along with a tour of the home. All proceeds from the tour will be donated to The Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The bed & breakfast properties are spread throughout the town of Waynesville. Each occupies a special niche and all offer personalized hospitality, modern facilities, and unique experiences. Source: Andon-Reid Inn Press Release
Kidcations: Who Says You Can’t Take The Kids to a B&B?
Say bed and breakfast, and the notion conjures up cracking fires, romantic memories and inviting feather beds. While you can count on romance from all B&Bs, there are a surprising number of B&Bs that also cater to families. Kids love the welcoming hospitality of innkeepers as much as their parents do. I travel regularly to B&Bs with my eight and ten year old girls. We refer to these trips as "kidcations”. The girls are veteran inngoers, preferring the fabulous breakfasts, snacks and amenities and welcoming environment of B&Bs to chain hotels. Source: The Examiner
Lodging & Hospitality Industry News & Trends
U.S. Business Travel Down 15% This Year
Corporate travel is expected to decline 15% this year, according to a new report from PhoCusWright, the travel industry research company. In contrast, the total U.S. travel market is projected to decline only 11% in 2009, dipping below 2006 levels, PhoCusWright's "U.S. Corporate Travel Distribution." report said. Historically, corporate travel has comprised about 40% of the total U.S. travel market, but that share is expected to shrink to 35% in 2010, the PhoCusWright report said. Source: USA Today
Travel Mirages or Oases: Is the Worst Really Over?
From Cathay Pacific to Orbitz, there seems to be signs the worst may be over but no one's bringing out the champagne yet, especially not Singapore Airlines. In a desert, a thirsty man grabs water wherever he can find it. Sometimes he sees mirages. And it’s hard to know whether the "green shoots” being spotted and being reported on in the travel industry are mere mirages or real oases. But it’s good news, nevertheless, and we must celebrate good news when we find it these days. This week’s news of Cathay Pacific flying back into the black raised a few eyebrows and definitely raised hopes, albeit the return to profit was made on the back of fuel-hedging gains which offset declines in passenger and cargo demand. Source: 4Hoteliers.com
Airlines, hotels struggle as business travel plummets
Despite signs that the country's economic free fall may be bottoming out, demand for business travel continues to plummet, putting airlines and hotels in financial straits. As businesses continue to tighten spending practices, corporate travel is projected to drop by 15% this year compared with 2008, while overall travel demand could decline by 11%, according to a study by PhoCusWright, a Sherman, Conn., market research firm. Corporate travel -- defined as business travel managed under strict corporate policies -- has historically represented about 40% of the total travel market, but PhoCusWright predicts that share will drop to 35% next year. Source: The LA Times
Food For Thought
Avocados are High in Fat, but High in Nutrients, too
Dying for guacamole, but your avocados still days from being ripe? Put them in a paper bag and toss in a banana, apple or citrus fruit. That's because avocados -- which are powerhouses of ethylene, a natural ripening hormone -- ripen faster if placed in a paper bag. And they ripen even faster if you add another ethylene producer such as a banana. Source: Detroit Free Press
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