The Number of Foreign Travelers is Increasing

The International Trade Administration’s Tourism Industries office reports that 26 million foreigners come to the United States each year on tourist visas. The average foreign guest spends $1,647 per person of which $318 is spent on gifts and souvenirs. Gross revenue from these tourists total an estimated $91 billion a year.

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Why We Should Offer Complimentary Food and Beverages

The growing popularity of limited service and all suite hotels that offer complimentary breakfasts is changing the hotel industry. According to the 2005 edition of Trends in the Hotel Industry by PFK Consulting, hotels in the United States increased spending on complimentary food items 13.1% from 2003 to 2004.

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B&B Statistics Highlight Growing Trends

According to statistics about U.S. B&Bs compiled by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) :

“In 1980, there were one thousand B&Bs/country inns serving one million guests. In 2001, there were 19,000 professionally-run, fully licensed bed and breakfasts/country inns, plus 10,000 home-stay B&Bs, collectively serving a total of 55 million guests annually.”

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Beware of Con Artists

Do con artists ever defraud B&B’s? Absolutely.

A man named Ali Patrick Pahlavi arrived at an upscale Denver B&B on September 29, 2000. He told the innkeeper/owner that his luggage and traveling money had been stolen. Would it be possible to borrow money and have the innkeeper’s finest room on credit? His family had been notified and as the billionaire nephew of the late Shah of Iran, he was certainly “good for it.”

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