(PRWEB) March 26, 2005
A well attended annual innkeeper conference was planned and organized by the Iowa Bed and Breakfast InnkeeperÂs Association (IBBIA) Â a non-profit organization for innkeepers of Bed and Breakfast establishments in the State of Iowa. IBBIA requires all member inns be approved and inspected. Inspections are conducted by a staff member that is thorough in scope, covering safety and security items as well as appearance, comfort, and cleanliness. Food preparation, amenities and administrative items are also evaluated as part of the inspection. Every member inn must pass a rigorous inspection to insure compliance with Association standards. IBBIA is the only Innkeeper Association in the State of Iowa that requires such close scrutiny of their membership, so continuing education for innkeepers is a high priority of this organization.
Attendees traveled from all parts of the state to learn about new trends and issues affecting the B&B industry. Presentations included subjects as diverse as travelersÂ changing needs, the influence of the Interent, insurance coverage for B&BÂs, and creative ways to serve meals.
The keynote speaker was Amelia Painter, Webmaster and Internet Marketing Director for IBBIA and other Bed and Breakfast Associations. Her presentation was titled, ÂAre Your Marketing Materials Sending a Consistent Message.Â Mrs. Painter covered all aspects of inn marketing and discussed how the Internet is affecting travel trends and how innkeepers could meet the challenges and opportunities of the Web.
For example, a few years ago most Americans would learn about B&BÂs through word-of-mouth and traditional advertising venues. And, these same travelerÂs probably thought of bed and breakfasts as primarily quaint getaways for romantic couples. But today most B&BÂs have a Web site and more and more innkeepers are offering amenities important to business travelers, such as high speed internet connections and work desks. Many B&BÂs are Âfamily friendly,Â with bedrooms large enough to accommodate a family and nearby activities for children.
Since 1995, Painter has been creating unique solutions for its clients' web design and development needs as well as writing and speaking on Internet Marketing issues. Mary Nichols, President of IBBIA, believes PainterÂs involvement with the Association is enhancing the organizationÂs Internet marketing success strategy. "IBBIA members are all benefiting from PainterÂs educational seminars and desire to keep her clientÂs informed. Her winning attitude contributes to our AssociationÂs spirit and philosophy of success.Â
To learn more about PainterÂs speaking schedule, visit her firmÂs web site at http://www.TotalWebDesigner.com. And, if youÂd like to know more about the Iowa Bed and Breakfast InnkeeperÂs Association, you can visit them on the Web at: http://www.iaBedandBreakfast.com where you will find comprehensive Iowa lodging information. The Iowa Bed and Breakfast InnkeeperÂs Association is the only Iowa lodging Association recommended by the Professional Association of InnkeeperÂs International.
Contact: Emily Boetel 712.260.5372
PO Box D
Fostoria, IA 51340
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