Hospitality Career in the 21st Century Requires a New Approach and New Skills
What worked years ago in planning and managing a hospitality career will not work for your career development in the 21st Century. Managing your hospitality career in the 21st Century requires preparation, goal planning and computer skills along with ensuring that your time is directed meaningfully.
The Second Edition of Opening and Operating a B&B in the 21st Century builds upon and updates the first edition with new data enabling aspiring, new and experienced innkeepers to take command of their ultimate success in the hospitality industry.
It is the only published book for bed and breakfast and small hotel owners that gives an in-depth overview of the Internet and its language. It also contains step-by-step instructions on how to successfully market a B&B Web site on the World Wide Web.
This expanded and revised edition of the book was released by Amazon.com and the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association on November 28, 2007.
This unique book was written to address the lack of information on planning a hospitality career and marketing a small property on the Internet. It also explains the benefits of owning a travel or destination blog and gives readers some excellent examples of properly written posts.
Competing titles in hospitality industry will generally cover the basic steps to take to make the dream of owning a bed & breakfast come true; but this book takes the innkeeper from the basic business specifics and then gives them step-by-step instructions for successfully marketing an B&B on the Internet -- "must knows" if you are to be a successful innkeeper in the 21st Century.
The first edition of Opening and Operating a Bed & Breakfast in the 21st Century was published by BookSurge in association with the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association (IBBIA) to wide acclaim. The first edition was suggested reading on the IBBIA Web site. An e-book version of the book is expected to be released in mid-December 2007.
Painter has also joined forces with Amazon.com and created an Innkeeper's Recommended Reading list where she makes a number of suggestions on books and magazines innkeepers may find helpful.
“Stay in charge of your career, don't let it be in charge of you! Decide what you want and create your opportunities accordingly. Positioning yourself in your hospitality career will happen a step at a time with planning”, says author Amelia Painter. Painter firmly believes that success and happiness are not accidents -- they come about by a certain way of thinking, planning and acting.
The Professional Association of Innkeepers International states on their Web site that 82% of inn owners are couples. According to Painter, “this means two individuals must work together and plan seriously if they are to be successful in the hospitality industry.”
For more information about Opening and Operating a Bed & Breakfast in the 21st Century or Amelia Painter, please contact the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association by phone at (712) 580-4242.
About the Author
Amelia Painter is a marketing professional and the Managing Partner of TotalWebDesigner.com, a Web design firm specializing in the lodging industry. She writes extensively on the hospitality and travel industries and she is the Webmaster and Marketing Director for three B&B Associations: Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Amelia joined Bed & Breakfast America as a staff writer in August of 2005 to interview and write about innkeepers and premier inns all across America. Bed & Breakfast America is a consumer's magazine with an editorial approach that provides the most in-depth, quality destination and travel product information to help inn travelers plan for vacations, week-end get-a-ways, family adventures, and romantic stays at high quality inns across America.