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InnSpire 2015 - Inspiration in Sonoma County

The 2015 InnSpire Conference & Trade ShowSM, hosted by CABBI, was held February 8-10 at the DoubleTree Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park. Conference attendees experienced several days of incomparable educational workshops and a sold out trade show.

Here's what InnSpireSM 2015 attendees are saying:

“Great job, great people and the workshops I attended were well worth the drive and price. You do a good job with this so keep up the good work!” – InnSpire Attendee

“Best conference EVER - and I've attended every one of them! Educational value was outstanding and so was the fun and networking.” – InnSpire Attendee

“As a first time attendee, I'm so glad I took the time to attend the Innspire Conference. I learned so much more about social media, and how to focus my attention on things that can help my business. It's also always good to catch up with fellow Innkeepers and pick up handy hints, recipes etc... Can't wait for the 2016 conference!” – InnSpire First Time Attendee

2015 Conference Highlights

The show was kicked off on Sunday afternoon with a general session featuring TripAdvisor. Speaker Brian Payea covered traveler’s habits and what innkeepers can expect in 2015 and beyond. After the opening session, innkeepers were invited onto our trade show floor to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, and meet our exhibitors. The education continued on Monday with the popular Roundtable Sessions, featuring 11 topics from industry experts, covering inn sales, online directory listings, insurance, CABBI membership and more.

Monday closed with the InnSpire Hollywood Dinner, where vendors and innkeepers joined in for a night of wine, food and fun. Guests were entertained during the presentation of the CABBI Shining Star awards, which categories included “First Attendee to Register for InnSpire,” “Furthest Vendor in Attendance,” “Largest Travel Guide Order,” and “Longest Time Spent on the Tarmac,” just to name a few. Dinner guests also enjoyed dressing up and posing for the Hollywood-themed photo booth.

The final day was full of education from industry experts including an employment law update, learning what Google wants from websites, tips and information on how innkeepers can attract Chinese travelers, a look at revenue management for B&Bs and small inns, and more. During lunch attendees joined panelists in for a unique look into reality TV and innkeeping.

The “What I learned from Hotel Impossible” was an intriguing general session, where innkeepers from Purple Orchid Inn and the Holbrook Hotel discussed their experience on the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible and the takeaways that helped their inns succeed. The panel discussed how, although it is not usually anyone’s best interest to expose their imperfections, they were able to use this to their advantage in the end.

 Whether they were being secret shopped or entered themselves to partake in the show, the innkeepers learned and were reminded that doing things like regular maintenance and delegating tasks in a timely manner, can make all the difference in managing an inn. Changing habits like making sure as an innkeeper or manager you walk through the front of the inn each day, as if you’re a guest and seeing the inn for the first time, can help to keep an innkeeper ahead any problems and ensure that guests receive the best experience possible.  Our panelist let the group know that they have seen the amount of happy guests increased since their episode aired, how the show has impacted the relationships with their guest through their shared story, and making the essential changes has provided a better experience at their inns.

[See the full 2015 conference schedule here.]

The 2014 Trade Show was a sell out!

This year's InnSpire Trade Show featured many new, and repeat exhibitors, both with a variety of exciting new products and services. There were plenty of opportunities for attendees to meeting one-on-one with our vendors and hear about the latest and greatest in Internet marketing, guest amenities, textiles, hotel financing, property management systems and more. [See the full list of 2015 Trade Show exhibitors here.]

“It was a fantastic conference!  I look forward to attending next years!” – InnSpire Vendor

“One of the best exhibit opportunities we have experienced in the history of our company.” – InnSpire First Time Vendor

“A fantastic conference! Innkeepers and vendors were professionals at the top of their game and at the same time humble and willing share their expertise. Looking forward to 2016 InnSpire Conference!” – InnSpire First Time Vendor

Innkeeping as a Profession (IAP) Workshop

Before the main conference, 16 aspiring innkeepers attended the two-day Innkeeping As a Profession (IAP) workshop to learn about the industry and what it takes to run a bed and breakfast on a day-to-day basis. This year's attendees were a really engaged group of professionals who brought a lot of excitement to the weekend. We can't wait to see where they go in the future!

Here's what IAP attendees had to say:

"It was one of the, if not the, best conferences I’ve ever attended--regardless of subject. The event was well organized and ran smoothly from start to finish, the topics and information were thorough and relevant, the takeaway materials were fantastic, and the speakers were all inspiring and engaging. The event was worth every penny."

"The information that we received was more than expected...The information has really moved us forward towards being B&B owners. Thank you!"

"This was fantastic. The speakers were incredibly knowledgeable, the content was extremely well thought out and organized."

A Special Thanks

Thank you to our 2015 InnSpireSM sponsors - we couldn't do it without you!

Lodging Brokers Network RezStream Hospitality Solutions
Calvista Insurance Comphy Co.
RezOvation Soundproof Windows, Inc.
ATRIO  

 

A special thank you to Becky Murway and Frank Haxton, of Digiman Studio, for helping capture the memories of the InnSpire Conference & Trade ShowSM. To learn more about their photo and video services, visit digimanstudio.com.


Thank you to Comcast Business for their donation of this year’s Trade Show Bingo prize!

Thank you to the following companies for donating items to the InnSpire Silent Auction: Comphy Co., Gilchrist & Soams, Groveland Hotel, Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast, Hotel Drisco, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Peacock Alley, McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast, Old Monterey Inn, RezOvation, Sound of Sleep, The Eagle Inn, The Victorian Inn and INNsight.com.

An extra special thank you to the members of the 2015 InnSpire ConferenceSM Committee. Thank you for all your feedback and efforts towards making the conference a huge success. InnSpire Conference Committee members include: Conference Committee Chair Stephanie McCaffrey of the McCaffrey House Bed and Breakfast, Bruce Abney of the El Morocco Inn & Spa, Jim and Carol Beazley of the Beazley House Bed and Breakfast, Paul Bullock of Eagle Inn, Ann Callahan of Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast, Doug Cook of Brannan Cottage Inn, Lani Eklund of Inn at Locke House, Sue Gillingham of Hotel Marisol, Dan and Karen Lynch of Inn on Randolph, and John Spear of the Hotel Drisco.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2015 InnSpire ConferenceSM and to those that helped to make it a huge success!

We look forward to seeing all of you next year in Monterey!

 

Past Conference 2014 | Past Conference 2013

2018 Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS:

Think Reservations

Lodging Brokers Network

GOLD SPONSORS:

bedandbreakfast.com and rezovation

RezStream Hospitality Solutions

 

SILVER SPONSORS:

 

Calvista Insurance

Cloudbeds

Comphy