Twice a year the innkeepers and owners of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) meet to go over business, promotions and new ideas. If your ears were burning earlier this week, they may have been talking about you – their favorite guests – too! It’s a chance to create new programs for DINE but also a wonderful way for innkeepers who are colleagues and friends to gather, compare ideas and reminisce. Some of the innkeepers of DINE have been members and friends for more than two decades! Together, this group of professional innkeepers have more than 150 combined years of innkeeping experience. That means together, they’ve hosted thousands of romantic getaways, culinary vacations, spa escapes and more.
DINE innkeepers are often asked what happens at DINE meetings. Quite honestly, what happens at DINE meetings stays at DINE meetings! But throughout the year, guests learn about the promotions and partnerships that DINE creates at this meeting. The upcoming 12 Days of Christmas promotion, our earlier Kick off to Summer promotion and of course the ongoing DINE dollars program are all outcomes from these meetings.
Perhaps one of the most important things that come from DINE meeting is the chance to smile and network. Innkeepers are a hard working bunch, yet at these meetings smiles reign. Each business meeting is hosted by a DINE property and then followed by a reception and dinner. Here’s an inside look into the most recent DINE meeting, where smiles prevailed.
At the end of each meeting, DINE innkeepers gather for a group photo. During the recent DINE meeting, everyone took a trip down Memory Lane, reviewing group photos from the past decade.
There you have it. A glimpse into DINE meetings. From very funny to very serious, there was plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff that we can’t share here, but this gives a little insight into what makes the Distinctive Inns of New England group work together so well.
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