You finally did it. You listed your Airbnb property or room online and you are excited. You begin going about the details, adding sheets and towels and little amenities such as soaps and flowers in the room. Then you have the idea of adding a complimentary bottle of wine to the room. You think perhaps that will win the guests over and they will write a glowing review. Let me stop you there.
The plan could bring new people to Maine and it could also help some Mainers stay. From the lodging perspective, finding a diamond in the rough property is exciting. Those that have done business before in Maine are stronger from their experiences. These seasoned business owners can renovate and create anywhere. I truly believe there will be some great destination gems created through this program.
I am sure the entire state of Maine will watch this discussion and outcome. Creating productive work environments in our Cities is beneficial to the entire State. As our State struggles with an aging population and our youth leaving, it is important for employers to hear the concerns of the community and create viable opportunities.
The hospitality industry thrives on opportunities to make individuals feel welcome and stress-free. That is why I think these ideas, as convoluted as they are, can be a welcome challenge to innkeepers and hosts. The holiday season brings its own anxiety and adds to the challenge. Here are some of my ideas to cater to these new anxiety-ridden guests.