The PAII Bed and Breakfast Conference and Convention

There is an annual convention for innkeepers being held in Atlanta this Spring.  The group is called PAII, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. It is a chance to see current industry trends, gather ideas, and see what’s new in the hospitality business, along with opportunities to learn new ways to effectively promote and market our individual businesses.

I went to the PAII conference in Phoenix a few years back and came back refreshed, invigorated, and full of ideas.  Much of the information was on marketing–internet presence, search engine optimization, web design, etc.  Some of the classes were the day-to-day stuff–recipes, cooking techniques, energy efficiency, etc.  A few sessions were about staying healthy–making time for yourself, relaxation techniques, exercise routines, etc.  Every day has key note speakers who address the innovations that small properties, like B&Bs, contribute to the big picture of the hospitality industry.

It means taking time off from being self employed.  It means spending money to make money.  It means that we are never too old to learn something new.  I found the sessions to be very enriching.  I came away with a plethora of ideas to enhance and improve my business.  I met many people who could relate to the things an innkeeper goes through on a regular basis.

These conventions seem to be pretty pricey, but taking the ideas and making minor changes to the way you do business can pay for the price of the show.  Major changes to the way you do business can make (or save) big bucks.

I run a 7 room inn in Jonesville Michigan called the Munro House.  I hope to mix a little pleasure with business this month that will positively affect my bottom line over the course of the year at my bed and breakfast.

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