Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association Conference, 2013

Members of the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association attended a conference at the St. Landry Parish Tourist Information Center in Opelousas on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.  The one-day conference included various speakers, including Kyle Edmiston from the Louisiana Office of Tourism who was happy to report that tourism is the best it has ever been – Authentic Louisiana!  Kim Walker with 5 Stones Media spoke on “Growing Your Business with Social Media and Email Marketing”.  “Search Engine Optimization” was the topic for Lisa Kolb with Acorn Internet Services.  Laine Garner with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association gave innkeepers tips on “Packaging Your B&B”. 
Following a general membership meeting, the innkeepers were taken on a FAM (Familiarization Tour) of two B&B’s in Washington, Louisiana – Country House Bed and Breakfast and Camellia Cove Bed and Breakfast.  The evening was concluded with dinner at the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant.

One of the most valuable aspects of the day was the networking between innkeepers throughout Louisiana.  Meeting each other, learning about each inn, and sharing ideas helps innkeepers to provide a better B&B service.
Faith Ford and her husband thrilled the innkeepers by stopping by the Tourist Information Center to show their support.