I just returned from the 2012 New England Innkeeping Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts hosted by PAII, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. It was my first time as an exhibitor with PAII and it turned out to be a great opportunity to meet member innkeepers and aspiring innkeepers from all over New England, New York and New Jersey. Many of the innkeepers with whom I spoke are already quite busy and anticipating a good summer season. A wide variety of workshops were held and I popped in to a few of them. I'm always amazed at how fast things change with marketing through websites and social media. These topics were addressed in the workshops as was the need to make sure that you update your website with new photography as soon as you complete any room renovations or add amenities.
The exhibit hall closed at 7:00 pm on Tuesday. I said my good-byes to fellow exhibitors, packed up and was in my car on the way home by 7:45. It's a short ride back from Cape Cod back to Southborough, Ma. located just off Rte. 495 and the Mass Pike. The close proximity of routes 495, 3, 93, 95 and the Pike, is one of the things that I like about having my home base here. I have quick access to all of the major roadways that crisscross New England.