Inn the news Sept 26, 2011

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 6 trends changing the hotel industry: 

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Plenty of rooms for Rugby World Cup final
New Zealand Herald
Peace and Plenty Inn owner Judy Machin had sold out all seven of her Devonport bed and breakfast's rooms by May last year and had resisted the temptation to put prices up during the Rugby World Cup. Mrs Machin said the industry-accepted norm in ...
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Find Fall Travel Deals for California B&Bs with New Search Feature at CABBI.com
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Travelers looking for fall lodging specials and packages at California bed and breakfast inns now have a one-stop solution with CABBI.com's new online search feature. The website for the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) allows ...
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Travelers have nothing to be Hostel about
The Daily Cougar
Nestled down a tree-lined street and housed in a historic home, the Morty Rich Hostel – formerly the Lovett Inn Bed and Breakfast – has opened its doors, laid out its welcome mats and gave the residents of Houston a first-hand look at Montrose's newest ...
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Infra is Bataan freeport focus
Malaya
... Off-Road Adventure and Classic Automotive Restorers Inc, Good Sail Trading Inc., Greenville River Manufacturing Corp., Half-Moon Bay Duty Free Inc., Twenty Oaks Marketplace Corp.; Executive Heights Bed and Breakfast, Clarkes Point Industrial Corp., ...
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Home of golf still has capacity to surprise
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Stay-and-play offers are available at Meldrum House – two nights, dinner, bed and breakfast and a round of golf at Murcar, Cruden Bay and Meldrum for £345 per person, available until 2012. St Andrews is home to the Open Championship every five years, ...
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Chambers bringing commerce
Battle Creek Enquirer
From 85 to 100 visitors from as far away as Anchor Bay are expected to stay in local hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments in the area, and convene for discussions, training, speakers and networking, according to Lake and other chamber staff. ...
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Jun Tiongco: Slipping into reveries
Manila Bulletin
At 54, he has built a bed-and-breakfast-type of home in Tanay with his family and has been blessed enough to sustain his career as a painter. And the best thing about this is that Jun doesn't see himself waning. He dreams of painting until the very end ...
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Old Cow Town Ranch Sells at JP King Auction for $2.35 Million
MarketWatch (press release)
Wendl owns a bed and breakfast near the property. The log home is the stand-out feature of the ranch, and it has been Smith's primary residence since his retirement. The 14 other buildings include a saloon, dining hall, chapel and a lodge that sleeps ...
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The 17 Best Lines From the Epic New Yorker Ikea Story
Curbed National (blog)
The treatment for the bed-and-breakfast read, 'Story: a weekend hobby that turned into a full-time business, this B. and B. is nestled in the countryside untroubled by tourists. It is popular among those taking a break form the city and looking for ...
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Fall foliage infuses northeast Iowa with welcome tourism boost
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (blog)
Connie Halvorson, who with her husband, Roger, operates the Eagles Landing Bed and Breakfast and Winery in Marquette, said October is their busiest month of the year. “The leaf lookers are good for all our businesses,” she said. ...
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Hilton's new Home2 Suites extended stay brand was launched earlier this year with a lobby concept designed to bring business travelers out of their rooms. Tables and colorful couches offer inviting space for informal meetings as well as areas where anyone can plop down with a laptop and a beverage rather than sitting alone in a room watching TV.

I think I call this a 'living room'. Ahead of the curve, once again!

The locavore and hyperlocal trend that has taken over the food world is fast becoming de rigueur in the hotel industry, particularly at high-end and boutique properties where chefs are growing their own herbs and even hosting their own beehives. The W in San Francisco in September had a local beekeeper, Jack Ip, install hives on a rooftop with a goal of eventually producing honey for use in the hotel menu.

Maple syrup from my own trees? Does that count? Next year I get serious about the herb garden. It requires ripping out some shrubs I already hate, so not a really big deal.

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 Tourism thriving in Augusta

Augusta area's tourism industry has grown since recession

 

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Single biggest reason for Augusta, GA's tourism growth - The Master's Golf Tournament.  A huge event in the Spring every year.  They also have GA's only medical college there and the Savannah River Authority nuclear site.  Augusta is a border city also with North Augusta, SC. 

Other than that, I don't think there's much happening there - they have unexplored potential with their riverwalk, but they have closed several tourist sites.  The downtown is still struggling with renovation.

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