As we sit here, buried under mountains of snow, our thoughts turn to warm weather and escaping to other destinations. We know that others are doing the same thing because we are finding inquiries and bookings in our inbox and the calendar is starting to fill. We have been experiencing some difficulties with our Eastlink email account; receiving emails, but having difficulties sending for some reason. As a result, we have made the decision to change our email address, something we have contemplated for a very long time. This will be a gradual process, as we’ve been using our Eastlink email on all of our marketing materials since 2002. We’ll be checking both, but our replies will now be coming from: BelgraviaBB@gmail.com from now on. Once we are certain the transition is complete, we will cease using our Eastlink address, so please update us in your contact list!
This weekend the Annual General Meeting of the Nova Scotia Bed & Breakfast Association was held here in Truro. What a fun weekend!!
We woke up Friday morning to snow & slush, so unfortunately some of the Board of Directors weren’t able to make it to our meeting & potluck lunch. However, we still had enough in attendance that we had a quorum so our meeting took place regardless. After that was over, the B&B’s in town held house tours for anyone who was here from outside the area. So often, we are asked to recommend B&B’s in other parts of the province, so it is helpful to know what different areas have to offer. In the evening, we all went over to Tulips & Thistle B&B for a wine & cheese party. It was such a great opportunity to network with other operators from around the province and share some really funny stories!
The AGM itself took place at First United Church Hall on Saturday and the UCW had prepared lunch for 75 people. Unfortunately, we did have a few members send regrets at the last-minute due to weather conditions and/or illness. Regardless, we were pleased with the turnout. The morning program started off with information sessions by Tom Wilson who spoke about online & social marketing and its importance these days. Next, Jill MacIntosh from www.bbcanada.com spoke to us about maximizing our web presence and taking full advantage of offers made to us through the bbcanada website. Just before lunch, Kieu Lam from TIANS along with Doug Matthews from the Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage came to speak with us about the new Nova Scotia Approved Program for accommodation operators.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by the UCW and then got down to the business of our AGM. Our Board of Directors is undergoing a tremendous change with eight new directors this year, including a new President & Vice President. We’re hoping to take the Association in a positive new direction and I’m really looking forward to working with this new group of people.
Jill had suggested that we, along with Ruth & Gerry, Ann & Larry & Jennifer all go out to dinner Saturday night to celebrate the successful weekend. We toasted our successes with some , a sparkling wine made by Jost Vineyards, a local winery. We then all went out for supper at a restaurant close by called “The Lovin Spoonful“. Not only was the company so much fun, but the meal and the service were amazing!! We will all be recommending that restaurant to our guests from now on!! After three hours at the restaurant, laughing & telling stories, we came back here to Belgravia for coffee and ended the weekend on a high note!