Napa’s Inn on First Innkeeper Wins Champion of the Bed and Breakfast Industry Award

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The Inn on First congratulates Jamie Cherry, one of its innkeepers, for his recent award, the Champion of the Bed and Breakfast Industry Award from the Professional Association of International Innkeepers.

The Inn on First, wins champion of bed and breakfast industry award

Language is a powerful tool, and it is the basis in forming culture and ideology, even in the world of the travel business

Jamie Cherry, one of the innkeepers of Napa Valley’s bed and breakfast, The Inn on First, was recently awarded the Champion of the Bed and Breakfast Industry Award from the Professional Association of International Innkeepers (PAII). Cherry received the award in recognition of his efforts to promote the innkeeping industry. The award will be formally conferred on Jan. 26 at the 2012 Innkeeping Show Awards Luncheon at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

“Language is a powerful tool, and it is the basis in forming culture and ideology, even in the world of the travel business. In working with an organization that is responsible for promoting Napa Valley as a tourist destination, I am committed to changing the language used by this and all local and county organizations that promote travel to the Napa Valley – that the word ‘hotel’ is not appropriate when discussing lodging properties in the area, which includes dozens of bed and breakfast inns,” Cherry said in his acceptance speech. “We are not hoteliers, we are innkeepers, and there is a world of difference between the two. Our terminology should be more inclusive in order to continue to invite people to a broader understanding of the diversity of lodging options available to them.”

The Champion Awards are given to anyone who has helped advance the trade of innkeepers and innkeeping locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. Such actions may include legislative or regulatory successes, or a public relations breakthrough that elevates the profile of the bed and breakfast industry. Nominations are presented to the PAII Board of Directors in the fall prior to the PAII annual conference. The Board of Directors may choose to award as many recipients as deserve it.

The Inn on First is a plush bed and breakfast inn that combines Napa Valley tradition with San Francisco modernity. Cherry, a customer service specialist with a vast background in high-profile financial services, and chef Jim Gunther, a California Culinary Academy graduate with experience cooking for Relais and Chåteaux establishments, have brought The Inn on First to the forefront of Napa’s innkeeping industry since 2007. The inn is known for its charming atmosphere, lovely rooms and gourmet meals, which is perfect for a romantic getaway. Guests may unwind with in-room massages, or taste the best foods and wine the valley offers.

For more information about any of The Inn on First’s products or services, call 707-253-1331, view the inn on the web at http://www.theinnonfirst.com or visit 1938 First St. in Napa.

About The Inn on First

Napa's lodging inn, The Inn on First is a television-free and smoke-free environment. It is recognized by the Certified Green Lodging Association of California, the California Legislature, the United States Congress, and the Napa County Green Business Association.

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