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, Ozbedandbreakfast.com 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.
leading online provided of bed and breakfast information, shares the top
five bed and breakfast travel myths:
· Private bath: Ozbedandbreakfast.com 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
· 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
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