Thu 7 Apr 2011
Something i’ve always wanted is to get more international guests staying at the Brewster Inn here in Dexter Maine. We’ve always had a small amount find us on the web each year BUT i wanted to work harder again to get more. In 2009 i signed up to be part of the contingent of attractions and accommodations group representing Maine at the annual getting together from all the New England States at the Discover New England international tourism summit where they all promote their business and area in short 8min meetings to a large group of US and European based receptive and tour operators from countries such as UK, France, Italy and Germany.
The “buyers” as i’ll call them are broken into groups like the ” receptives” that are companies that make the tour packages for the trade such as Travalco AlliedTPro and Tourmappers . These are all companies that the Brewster Inn has contracts with now to supply our product to the world tourism market. There were many tour operators there too like Bon Voyage and Audley Travel and America As You Like It
Already in 3 summits as i’m now just back from the latest one held at the Omni Mt Washington resort in NH we have a total of 5 receptive contracts with hopefully a couple more contracts to come. The bookings are coming in with just last year alone about 40 room nights from the contracts that we now have. Each year should get better and better as following on from the 27 meetings that i had at this years summit, i’m now talking to the tour operators about who we have contracts with that they can buy from and what packages we are planning on putting together so that when guests come they can experience real Maine like moosewatching, white water rafting, snowmobiling or hiking to name just a few.
Attending the DNE summit as a small tourism related business in Maine is a great way to network and show off our part of the USA to the world. Its hard work, takes a lot of planning but the long term benefits for the Brewster Inn could and hopefully will be significant. I’ll be at the next summit in 2012.
Sun 3 Apr 2011
Posted by brewster under General news
So whats been happening since i last blogged? A lot thats what. The Brewster Inn has an award winning website for starters which is excellent and theres more to come from the great design company acorn is inc a google events calender which will tell everyone what events are going on in the area at any given time. I’m also planning on blogging more as its going to help Google and the other search engines keeping on coming back finding fresh new content to help us in our rankings so that more people find the Brewster Inn here in Dexter in the great state of Maine.
The inn is a Maine State Enviromental Leader and i’ve just been through the re-accrediatation for 2 years with my 17 page workbook. We also have a “Brewster Inn Newbie” web page added dedicated to people that have never been to a B&B before. There are plenty of misconceptions like thinking they are coming into someones home and that webpage will help help i hope to greatly lay to rest any fears or thoughts potential guests might have that would stop them wanting to come and stay.
I’ve added plenty of additions to the Inn and the guest rooms this year like 32 and 26″ LCD TV’s, HD cable boxes and Ipod/Iphone clock radio docking stations. The Game room and Honeymoon Suite even have small fridges and microwaves too.
The garden will be finished this year once we get the large original fountain and pond reinstalled courtesy of Windswept Gardens who like they say on their website “Create the Wow”! I planted 24 lilac bushes last year around the perimiter which i’m hoping will start to bloom this year. Got another 30 or so bushes to plant later this year as i continue to re-create the garden as it used to be. Oh and we cut down 57 trees last year too, but thats ok as they were never here when the State Governor and Washington Senator Ralph Owen Brewster lived here anyway. He had lilacs and no trees and thats why i’m putting it all back like it used to be. Pics will be forthcoming once the snow goes, whenever that is.
More updates in my next post