Planning my first PAII conference! Lets get this party started!!!

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I agree that B&Bs should be offered as an option, even though I understand the room quota for the conference.  They won't have any trouble meeting the quota though as there are probably not enough B&B rooms to even make a dent in the attendees.  People will want to just be able to walk out of their rooms to the meetings.

Our chamber here costs beaucoup bucks to join and they don't promote the B&Bs at all.  (Well, now there is only one.)  Plus, there's no way that I could ever have gone to any of the meetings to network.  Very disappointing support really for most small businesses here....

We just went to a wedding which did not have the reception at any of the local hotels, yet that was all that was on the recommended lodging list that was sent out/posted on their wedding website. Interstate hotels only.  Sad   My friend of course KNOWS that we used to own a B&B and was actually SURPRISED when I told her that we were staying at one of the local B&Bs.  Huh??  Our innkeeper was fantastic and the other wedding guests didn't know what they were missing for just a few dollars more.  We didn't have to cook our own waffle in the morning, that's for sure!! 

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Why would they...they need to fill their quota of room nights at the hotel/conf center for their costs. Isn't Charleston where there are very few on site innkeeepers and isn't there a law about only continental breakfasts????  I seem to remember someone talking about that.

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Yes, continental breakfast and most owners are just that, owners, not innkeepers in the 'hand's on' sense. I have a fav place that I like, even tho it's just donuts & bagels in the morning. And no one on site most of the time. And the place I like doesn't even have a website, it's all on bbonline. No calendar, you have to fill out a rez request. The place is packed all the time.

Here's what we find when there are events such as the PAII conference here in our town...NO ONE wants to stay at a B&B because they want to be 'where the action is'. They don't want to have to go out at night but would rather hang out in the hotel lounge or in their 'hallway'.

You'll find the same thing will happen for this. Innkeepers will want to congregate but will not want to GO anywhere to do that.

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 I am serious about going now.  I have blocked my avail calendar. Smiling  I need something to plan and get excited about!

I went to PAII website and had to laugh, and feel like boycotting the main hotel listed for THIS REASON RIGHT HERE:

 

Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center 

One complimentary wireless internet connection in guest rooms per day

So if any of you plan to share rooms, that means ONE connection PER ROOM PER DAY.  Guess what ya'll there are plenty of B&B's who offer free WIFI ALL DAY TO ALL GUESTS ALL THE TIME in CHARLESTON and perhaps PAII SHOULD BE PROMOTING THOSE WONDERFUL INNS WHO GIVE AND OFFER HOSPITALITY not just to line pockets, like hotels do.  One comp connection per DAY ARE THEY FLIPPIN' SERIOUS!!

 

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Is the conference AT the Embassy Suites?

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was just on their site guess they dont have those details yet, but if we do go it will be our firstr PAII conference.

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We're thinking of going think the owner may put up the $$$? if not we can go and pay ourselves although I got to the website I don't see any pricing other than the hotel.

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I was planning to go because I could stay with my grandson - but now he will be in Afghanistan..... Hmmmm, perhaps I will call my cousin to ask about her son who lives in Charleston.....

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Remember when the first innmates met each other in "real time" and the spouses freaked thinking they were meeting psychopaths?

Hey, sh! no comment on that one, I know what you are thinking!

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 Ch you are going? See how it is!  I JUST HAVE TO GET THERE!!!! I have known you for how many years now? We are cyborg buddies.

See having it in a nicer location makes us WANT to go more...Note to the planners of the conferences. Smiling

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Golly, I hope none of us are cyborg buddies...but that would explain why some of us are much faster at getting the cleaning done and much better at making guests see our point of view...

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Where are you Samster?

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Georgia, but probably too far South for you.  Sad

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I LOVE Georgia, have always wanted to go there!!!!

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The midatlantic conferences are always in Jan as well.  They put them in some snowy region which is always ridiculous, and not always off an interstate with easy access.  I believe this is one I would like to attend, and hope to!  I hope you all can attend too real life innkeepers, imagine that!  If you cut me, do I not bleed?  ha ha The Real Thang.  

If we go we need to get some slogan t's made up...we have too many to put just one on a tshirt now!  I will start a new thread on that.

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Not this year...I think it is in March because of the PAII conf. It is being held in Lancaster PA in 2011

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 Knoxville is 5 hours from us. Just giving some drive time perspectives...

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Finally, a conference during a slow month!  It seems that every year I've been an innkeeper, it's always been in March.  Spring Break?  No way.  I might just make this one!

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I'll be leaving from St Louis MO.  Knoxville TN looks like a good place to spend the night. 

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MTL, we'l be leaving from Boonville!!!

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We can put a map together with DOTS of the stops along the way.  Smiling

We are 6 1/2 -7 hours to Charleston from here with stops.

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Folks are welcome to stay here with us, even though we're "former" innkeepers.  We'll be happy to take care of you.  Would love to be included in a reunion, please??

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Well Samster, we just may take you up on that, you are right on my way.  I think that this date in January will be great.  I will start planning this with DH and get back with you.  This would be our 1st B&B convention as they are usually held when we are busy.

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Cool, CH!  As of now we have no travel plans for January.  Smiling

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I'm planning to come, especially if there'll be a slumber party!

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We are about 10 hours from Charleston, and we will most likely go to the conference.   Anybody travelling along the Northeast corridor is welcome to stop by and caravan with us.

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 We are planning on going as well. If anyone is along the way and we are not booked they are welcome to make a stopover here in Charlottesville. We are 45 minutes west of Richmond, on the way to 95.

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Ooohhh!! Me, me, me! I'm palnning on going. I'll be heading south from Ohio.

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Which route are ye takin'?  

Are you speaking of the Jan conference in SC?  

I want to go but have both kids bdays and our anniv in Jan.  I want to meet up with some innkeepers before/enroute or there if I can go this year!  Charleston two Jan's ago I had the best meaty prawns ever in history, they were so delicious!

Tennessee...oh Tennessee like the longest state in the union when you need to get across it.  Smiling

Anyone who has preliminary plans on attending please let us know here on the forum. Slumber party at our place if you are interested on the way down or back home. 

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I don't, but we may actually go to this one. We like Charleston so that helps!

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