Labor Day Weekend Road Trip
Some of your bed and breakfast guests will be traveling by car and we hope they have a lovely Labor Day weekend road trip. First, some fun facts about how the Labor Day holiday got started in the United States. Did you know the United States workers’ unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving? The first Labor Day was observed on September 5th, 1882.
Labor Day was created to rally for the adoption of eight hour work days and other more suitable working conditions. Labor Day now carries less significance as a celebration of working people and more as a great way to finish the summer. Schools, government offices, and businesses are closed on Labor Day so people can get in one last road trip to the beach or have one last cookout before the weather starts to turn colder.
AAA is a company known in the lodging industry for their AAA diamond rating approval system. Guests can be reassured that those properties have been selected on the basis of merit alone. Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney explained, “With Labor Day symbolizing the American workers’ contributions to the strength and prosperity of our country, it’s only fitting that millions are choosing to celebrate this positive direction with an all-American road trip.”
AAA offers a Fuel Cost Calculator on their website. Drivers can select, from about 125 different locations in the United States, the closest starting city and destination location. They can indicate their vehicle’s make, year, and model. Drivers can select “one-way” or “round trip.” The Fuel Cost Calculator will show you the miles, gallons used, and fuel cost. The fuel price data is provided by Oil Price Information Service. You can put a link to this Fuel Cost Calculator from your own website.
We have tremendous respect for innkeepers who consistently get great online reviews from previous guests for their hospitality. Remember you can team up with complimentary local businesses to set up packages for your guests. Innkeepers, while entertaining guests:
- Check out these great conversation starters
- Be sure to promote your local area
- Do not make assumptions about what your guests know
- Be attentive to their needs
- Offer wine and cheese or tea and finger sandwiches
- Provide vegetarian breakfasts for those requesting in advance
- Help them make relaxation their #1 priority
- Refer them to your B&B’s own spa, an in-house massage, or a local spa
- Let them know about area sports events
- Show them your own guest guidebook with great information and resources
Remember, when hosting, it is the little details that make a big difference. Your phone communication is a great way to start the process of building relationships with your guests so that they become repeat guests and refer their friends and family to stay at your B&B. You may even often a frequent stay and referral program to help you gain more business and rewards your guests for returning and referring.
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