World travelers: America wants you
Despite strong global growth in long-haul international travel between 2000 and 2008, the U.S. welcomed 633,000 fewer overseas visitors in 2008 than it did in 2000, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Calculations for overseas visitors do not include arrivals from Mexico and Canada, the top two tourist-generating countries for the United States in 2008. More
10 great tips for B&B Web sites
The very basis of having a website for your bed and breakfast is to increase bookings, which translates into high occupancy rate and profits. Competition on the internet is highly fierce, which requires that you ensure that your Web site is ready to offer what your potential guests want. More
Tourism can help build our economy
The Culpeper Star-Exponent Share
"Consumable Tourism" is a term that I coined after a meeting in Sperryville, Va., with representatives of the Virginia Tourism Corporation in February, said Jim Charapich. The meeting was hosted by the Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Tourism Committee. The RRR Committee works together to bring visitors to this beautiful Virginia Piedmont with Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Fauquier, and Rappahannock counties, along with Shenandoah National Park.
Christmas a 'B&B challenge'
The Daily Dispatch Share
As the Christmas holiday season fast approaches, many bed and breakfast establishments in and around East London are reporting lower than usual bookings, but are still optimistic that it will be a bumper holiday season.
10 things social media can't do
Advertising Age Share
Amid the endless pronouncements about social media - often shortened to "social" these days by consultants trying to sound like they know what they are talking about - is the reality that social media is not a solution, or a sure bet.
Best budget hotels in the U.S.
AOL Travel Share
Finding a decent hotel to fill your home-away-from-home needs - without breaking the bank - can be quite the challenge. Not only do you want to find a spot that's comfortable and conveniently located, you also want those extra amenities that make life easier, and that doesn't always translate to being easy on the pocket book.
Facebook helps developers plan ahead
The Wall Street Journal Share
Facebook threw its software developers a bone, releasing a "roadmap" of forthcoming features to help them plan their products. They include new ways for software applications, like games, to messages Facebook users when their friends want to play Scrabble, for instance.
Dessert for breakfast
The Flathead Beacon Share
I once served as guest chef at a bed and breakfast owned by a friend, whose cook needed to be fired a couple of days before the busiest week of the year for this particular establishmentm, said Chef Jim Gray. This dish is called "Crème Brulée French Toast." I don’t know any one who doesn't love crème brulée – and French toast gets a ton of votes in favorite breakfast contests, so why not combine the two?