Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tourist for an Hour in Anchorage

Jim & Judy of Judy's Touch of Class B&B
If you were not in the Egan Center this last Thursday, you missed a fabulous event hosted by Visit Anchorage, formerly known as the ACVB. Kari Sellars of Visit Anchorage led a team that created an awesome event to brief those who work in tourism about companies, products, and services for the 2012 season.

The AABBA (that's the Anchorage Alaska Bed & Breakfast Association) had a super location for our booth.  We had an estimated 150 visitors in five hours, people who talked with us, sampled breakfast cakes, entered the drawing, and learned what makes us appealing to tourists (like being inspected and approved, having a Hotline, being online, and in short, PROFESSIONAL.

Know that phrase, willing hands make light work?  That is the truth of this day's event. Lori designed the display and made certain our banners were easy to see from both directions of hallway traffic. Del Ann baked cinnamon breakfast breads and a cream cheese pound cake for bite size sampling. Carol (Ross) made a Cheechako Cranberry Cake that was the coveted door prize.  Jim and Judy brought a beautiful table setting. Lori had a display book featuring the Travel Partners and I had the computer displaying our website. To the team, we all can say a heartfelt thank you. The are inn keepers for Susitna Sunsets, Jarvi Homestay, Big Bear, Judy's Touch of Class.  Additional inns represented by AABBA inn keepers who attended are Alaska Frontier Gardens, Swiss Efficiency, Turnagain View, and Alaska Chalet.
The Cheechako Cranberry Cake goes to...
As people came by, we asked them to answer three questions about our B&Bs - that we offer local lodging, we are inspected and approved (and what that means, and how it differentiates our members from all B&Bs in business), and the name of our website www.anchorage-bnb.com

Winners included Julia of HAP-AK who drove away with the Cheechako Cranberry Cake made by Carol of Big Bear, Julie of Salmon Berry Tours who has a 'gratis stay' at one of our B&Bs, and an anonymous vendor who took the Cinnamon Breakfast Cake.
Missed it?  Want to meet at the Bed & Breakfast Vendor Fair?  It is scheduled for May 22, right around the corner.  If you are an inspected and approved inn or a vendor serving Anchorage travelers,  consider spending the evening in conversation. Want information? Contact PR @ anchorage-bnb.com to request details. 


Reported by Mary of Jarvi Homestay on of the Innkeepers of  Anchorage Alaska Bed & Breakfast Association

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