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Saturday, December 15, 2007

California B&B Annual Conference& Trade Show 2008

It is that time of year again....the annual B&B conference for California bed and breakfast inns will be January 27-29 2008 and Rita and I will be in attendance once again. This is a great chance to learn about innkeeping, from experts in their field and network with innkeepers from around the state. We hope to see you there!

Annual Conference& Trade Show 2008
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Sunday - Tuesday, January 27-29
Hyatt Vineyard Creek - Santa Rosa, California
Innspire 2008
Please join us for InnSpire 2008, California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns' (CABBI) annual Conference & Trade Show as we celebrate 16 years of growing stronger together in this year of partnering with the California Hotel and Lodging Association.
Don't miss out! This is the ONE industry conference that every innkeeper should attend.
In these competitive times, it is vital that innkeepers stay informed about all aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry, from business strategies to culinary skills, from Internet marketing to property improvements.
Combining educational workshops, networking with other innkeepers and industry professionals, plus social and relaxing activities, this 3-day experience will rekindle your passion for innkeeping.
Register Now Online or Download a Registration Form (PDF)
Highlights
Our popular annual Trade Show is the place to meet over 40 vendors who supply you with products and services for your business. See, smell and touch the amenities that make your guests feel so special. Talk to the bankers, loan officers and realtors who work in the B&B industry.
Concurrent Workshops - Learn about the latest Internet marketing tools, laws that apply to B&Bs and consumer trends from workshop leaders, industry professionals and seasoned innkeepers. Let your creativity flow at the hands-on gardening workshop, and get fresh ideas from a gourmet chef, plus tips on chic and thrifty decorating! Click on Event Schedule for more details.
Innkeeping as a Profession (IAP) Workshop Sunday & Monday, January 27-28, 2008
CABBI offers a two-day workshop for Aspiring Innkeepers. "Education is key to success when people are thinking about purchasing a bed and breakfast inn," explains IAP facilitator Teri Mattson. "We provide a comprehensive insider's look at the industry.and the support aspiring innkeepers need to pursue their dream."
InnTouch Appointments - Schedule one-on-one appointments with the tech experts who can tell you how all the new technology can help you with your operations and demonstrate just how it all works to better your business.
Guest Management Software User GroupsInvite your staff to attend the User Group to learn the latest in guest management software and about other tech products. You will reap the rewards with a well-trained staff and your staff will appreciate the education and knowledge.Network & Mingle with Friends and ColleaguesNetwork with California innkeepers, industry vendors and professionals, and CABBI and CH&LA staff. Stay over in Santa Rosa and explore nearby Napa and Sonoma counties' beautiful wine country, quaint shops and countless attractions. And have FUN!Wine, Dine & RelaxWe have plenty of opportunities planned for you to enjoy yourself! Don't miss out on our opening Wine Country Reception, Teatime with exhibitors, delicious breakfasts and lunches, and CABBI's 16th Anniversary Dinner Dance. These will be perfect times to catch up with old friends and make some new ones!***For some additional relaxation, the Hyatt has extended a 20% discount to conference attendees, on spa treatments offered at the hotel*** Click here for information on treatments at the Vineyard Creek Spa.
Visit Santa Rosa and enjoy its unique shopping, local culture, the Charles Schulz Memorial Park and Historic Railroad Square, all just minutes from the hotel.
"InnSpire was a marvelous introduction into the world of innkeeping. As a new innkeeper it was THE PERFECT industry crash course. Informative and diverse seminars, quality networking and real advice from genuine B&B professionals. InnSpire offered comprehensive insight into my new venture and delivered tools that allowed me to evolve my diverse skills into a fulfilling lifestyle." Marjorie Woodbridge, Casa Tropicana, San Clemente, California
After the CABBI ShowBookingCenter is sponsoring a Green Packaging Tour of Sonoma County on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 from 4:40-7:40 pm. This is a FREE tour, limited to 35 registrants.Join us for this fun and educational tour on Green Packaging from leaders in the industry. Learn about the EcoRing, a unique green packaging model in Sonoma County, and bring ideas back home to your local community.We'll stroll through the redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods and learn about packaging environmental tours to promote greater appreciation and preservation of the natural and cultural resources in your area. Next we'll visit Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, a green spa with beautiful gardens and learn first hand about green business practices and packaging spas with B&Bs and Inns. Local, premium wine will be provided by MAS Wine Company.BookingCenter will provide round-trip bus service from the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. Register online or call 707-874-3922 x 204 to register.
Hotel Room Reservations
Contact the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa directly for your hotel reservations at 800-233-1234, and ask for the CABBI Conference rate of $129 sgl/dbl. The Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa is located in Northern California's wine country, at 170 Railroad Street in Santa Rosa, within walking distance from the Historic Railroad Square District. Reserve your room with the hotel directly before the CABBI special rate ends on January 11, 2008.
Transportation
A new transportation option to attend the conference is now available. Horizon Air recently introduced several daily flights to Santa Rosa from San Diego and Los Angeles. For information on fares and availability, click here.
For ground transportation from San Francisco or Oakland International Airports, contact Sonoma County Airport Express, 707-837-8700 or www.airportexpressinc.com

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