South-East Queensland Tourism – Thursday April 4, 2002 - Try the B&B Experience

“BED and breakfast-style accommodation is becoming increasingly popular and there are a wide range of options available.  However, director Chris Peck said some travellers were not well educated about what B&Bs had to offer.  Mr Peck said young travellers thought they were for the oldies, some travellers thought they were too expensive and other believed guests had to share a bathroom.  “We are often asked these kinds of questions by potential guests, but I think it is important to dispel the myths once and for all so that we can all get on and have a good time on our next holiday,” he said., a leading online provided of bed and breakfast information, shares the top five bed and breakfast travel myths:

·      Private bath: data showed that 94% of bed and breakfasts had rooms with private baths, while many boasted in-room luxuries such as sunken tubs and spas

·      Too expensive: an average nightly rate was $100, making most bed and breakfasts less expensive than hotels

·      Limited privacy: visitors could assure themselves of privacy by telling the owner when bookings were made that they wanted a quiet room.  Many bed and breakfasts handled special requests such as room service and massage.

·      Community breakfast: if you were looking for breakfast for two, or one with a book, ask the innkeeper about dining arrangements as most breakfast areas were restaurant style.  Modern bed and breakfasts had separate guest and owner quarters.

·      B&Bs are only for holidays: B&B owners were seeing an increase in business travellers.  A growing number of women business travellers said they felt safe in a bed and breakfast. 

“With industry standards set in place by bed and breakfast associations and the introduction of online resources, travellers now have the tools they need to book a trip without the guesswork or fears that once accompanied B&B travel,” Mr Peck said.


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