Today my friends and former/future guests in the USA are celebrating Thanksgiving. So I give my thanks to everyone who has stayed with us since we opened up the doors of our home – I am truly grateful to you all.
And a few weeks ago, people of Indian/Hindu origin celebrated Diwali, the festival of light; I’ve spent a lot of time in India and Diwali has always been one of my favourite celebrations. Thinking about these global traditions also coincided with Airbnb publishing its “Community Commitment”, which reminds hosts to treat people fairly and equally and to not display bias or discrimination towards potential or actual guests. As somebody who spent a long part of my corporate career in a senior diversity and inclusion role, thinking and behaving in an inclusive and welcoming manner is very much in my DNA; now that I’m a Dorset B&B landlady, this is proving to be the most wonderful part of my life.
Today, we received a booking from a lady of Chinese origin, who will be in the area on business – she will be our first guest from that country. Looking back through my guest book, I can see “thank you” written in about six different languages and I note that we have hosted people from countries which include all four corners of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, France, Russia, India, Zimbabwe, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland.
So, thank you again to all of our wonderful guests – we have loved hosting you and we look forward to all that the future may bring.