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Kennebunkport Innkeeper Heads to Las Vegas Conference

January 28th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

One of the Maine Stay Inn and Cottage’s innkeepers has just touched down in Las Vegas for the annual PAII conference.  And, no, that’s no euphemism – she really is attending courses, seminars, and meetings!  The Professional Association of Innkeepers International holds a terrific conference once a year in different cities throughout the nation, and we never miss out on a chance to

Kennebunkport meets Las Vegas at the 2013 Innkeeping Conference

Kennebunkport meets Las Vegas at the 2013 Innkeeping Conference

learn about the ever changing hospitality industry.  So while Walter’s feeling a little jealous that Judi is skipping out on him and some light snow showers this week, he knows that she always gets a tremendous amount of information out of the meetings.  And what is she busy learning about, you might ask?  With dozens of classes ranging from cooking and social media to photography and software, there are more options than one person can take advantage of during the week.  We’ll certainly fill you in on all of the great things she’ll learn this year, but we’ll have to wait until she comes back to Kennebunkport on Friday for that!

Each year we learn about changes in technology that impact hospitality, in our office, on the web, and in guest rooms and then have the opportunity to check out some great solutions in the trade show (oh hey, iPad docking stations in our rooms).  But one of the best things is getting to meet and work with vendors that specialize in working with bed and breakfasts like ours.  Ever wonder where we find our linens?  At the PAII conference!  I mean who could buy towels without getting to feel them first?!  Or how about our awesome hand-thrown mugs that you can microwave?  Yep, we found those from Deneen Pottery, one of the sponsors of the PAII conference!  So while all of us in Kennebunkport are missing Judi this week, we know that she’s working hard to bring back awesome ideas and products to the Maine Stay Inn!

Kennebunkport Maine Takes on Little Rock

January 25th, 2012 by avadmin

Every year the Professional Association of Innkeeping International hosts a conference helping educated Innkeepers on how to be (and stay) the best they can possibly be, so this year we headed from Kennebunkport Maine to Little Rock, Arkansas for a week of schooling.  Yes, we are having fun, and yes, we are doing a little shopping (though it’s the wholesale variety), but the primary purpose is to educate ourselves on the changes facing the hospitality industry and how to stay on top of those changes.  It is our committment to our guests and to keeping our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast positioned on the “cutting edge” that brings us away from the inn each and every year.

So the ladies have left Walter in charge (just wait for that update when we return!) back in Kennebunkport Maine and headed South, but aren’t hoping to work on our tans – not even for a second!  Honestly, today was jam-packed with courses ranging from food plating to internet marketing (and everything in between), as well as time dedicated to working with vendors on some of your favorite amenities found at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  As anticipated, there has been much talk about sophisticated and user-friendly website, as well as excellent (but not doctored) photography – check.  And facebook – check, check.  And even a little bit about Twitter.  Soon, though, the Maine Stay will join Google+, which will certainly be fun new exploration.    We’ve attended seminars on all sorts of topics and learned about the newest eco-friendly cleaning supplies.  Though my head is spinning with all the new information and great ideas to implement once we return to Kennebunkport Maine, I am so anxious for tomorrow and to learn even more - just you wait for us to bring these things back North!