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Business travelers: taking a new look at B&B’s

08/07/2007| 9:33:00 AM| 中文

Most of 1,332 B&Bs in 49 states say they provide many of the services and amenities business travelers seek, according to BedandBreakfast.com.

06 August, 2007: Business travelers often don´t even consider bed-and-breakfasts but perhaps they should, suggests a new study.

Most of 1,332 B&Bs in 49 states say they provide many of the services and amenities business travelers seek, according to BedandBreakfast.com.

"Most provide at least five of the following business-friendly features: free Wi-Fi, a desk in a guest room, copying service, fax service, online booking, and corporate or single-occupancy rates," reported USA TODAY.

Almost all allow late check-in and early breakfast times.

BedandBreakfast.com, which reviews B&Bs and books reservations, sent the survey to 5,000 innkeepers at USA TODAY´s request.

"Dozens of thoughtful extras make many B&Bs ideal choices for business travelers," said Sandy Soule, editor of the website.

Said Kevin Matthews, general manager of the Boston Yacht Haven:

"A lot of business travelers are looking for something different than a traditional hotel. After a hard day of business, a lot want to relax, and they like the homey feel and the tranquility of our lodging by Boston Harbor."

One advantage hotels have over B&B´s is that they often offer frequent-stay programs, which few B&Bs have.

Across the USA, says B&B trade group Professional Association of Innkeepers International, there are about 20,000 B&Bs and inns licensed by local governments. That compares with 48,000 hotels.

The average daily room rate at a B&B last year was $159, and the average room rate for the lodging industry was $97, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International says.

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