What does the future hold for Ontario Bed & Breakfasts, and for FOBBA in particular? Change isn't just coming. It's here.
Sunday, November 2nd and Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Take some time away with your fellow hosts and come to Elora and Fergus for FOBBA's 20th annual Annual General Meeting and Conference.
Elora and Fergus are fabulous in the fall, and we have some great social events scheduled as well as informative and important conference presentations.
Wellington County Museum & Archives: site of the 2014 FOBBA AGM and Conference
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you actually had to fire off a fire extinguisher? We plan to demonstrate.
We'll also have a guest from the Ontario Fire Marshall's office to address how B&Bs are classified under the Fire Code, and how that intersects with FOBBA's definition of a B&B.
The Wellington Dufferin Health Unit...
has agreed to do a Food Safety presentation. Attendees will earn a special certificate of participation, which FOBBA will recognize as part of our star rating system. Although this is not a full Food Handler's course, participants will benefit from new knowledge and best food handling practices.
On Sunday evening, we have an opening reception at the museum...
with local beer and wine sampling, complimentary food, and Guided Spirit Walks through the old Poor House — now the Wellington County Museum — hosted by our Gold Sponsor, BBCanada.com.
Monday breakfast, lunch and dinner are included...
with your registration fee. The Annual General Meeting will take place during lunch, and will feature an open strategic discussion about the future, several important votes, and election of officers.
In the evening, enjoy the "Moveable Feast" —
a walkable, progressive dinner between three downtown Elora restaurants featuring a different course in each. Elora will still be decked out in spooky Halloween monsters, and diners will be piped or otherwise escorted by by stories and song between restaurants.
A detailed itinerary of events and presentations will be confirmed soon.
Affiliation with Resorts of Ontario
We've had two very productive meetings with senior executives of Resorts of Ontario, which has its administrative office in Orillia. We are exploring an affiliation between the two organizations, and are in the process of working out what that would look like.
Both groups see advantages in working together. For FOBBA, it could mean support in terms of human resources, marketing reach and higher-profile marketing opportunities for members and for FOBBA, preferred pricing from associated vendors, and support on advocacy and industry-related issues.
We are currently working to create a written document, which will be presented at the AGM on November 3.