Inaugural Advocates for Independent Retail National Leadership Summit
Jan18

Inaugural Advocates for Independent Retail National Leadership Summit

Today I am in Washington DC with peers and colleagues from various associations and businesses that believe in local, independent businesses and the impact we have on local communities. The America Booksellers Association seems to be the leading entity behind the AIR Summit. On the agenda: A Measure of Independent Retail Vitality in Every Metropolitan Area The State of Independents Movement Models of Local and Indie Engagement: What...

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Unrest in NYC about B&Bs – A Lesson for Innkeepers?
Jul23

Unrest in NYC about B&Bs – A Lesson for Innkeepers?

This past week I was glad to lend a hand to a PAII member asking for help.  Vinessa Milando, owner of Ivy Terrace B&B in New York, NY, informed me about a bill (click here for bill’s full text) that had just made it through the New York State Senate that would essentially make illegal all short-term lodging facilities that were not bona fide hotels, i.e. B&Bs and vacation rentals.  The law, if signed by Governor David...

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Obama and the Travel Industry
Nov13

Obama and the Travel Industry

Marti Mayne of Maynely Marketing today sent me a link to a CNN interview with Pauline Frommer that covers what changes might be in store for the travel industry under an Obama administration. Click on the link below to be directed to the video. Our industry could use all the travel-friendly people in Washington we can get. There is certainly a need to balance our national security interests with our economic interests, and I hope...

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Convincing TripAdvisor

Nearly 300 innkeepers submitted their stories of hardship, grievance and praise for TripAdvisor when I asked the industry to share thoughts and opinions of how this site impacts the businesses and lives of innkeepers. Innkeepers spoke up and continue to send me emails almost daily on the subject. There is no doubt of the need for PAII to facilitate a conversation between our industry and TripAdvisor. The conversation began just a...

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