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Bed and Breakfast Owners
Some bed and breakfasts have been in business for decades, but it's only been in the last 25 years that inns have become popular vacation spots. PAII estimates the number of inns in the country to be approximately 17,000, up from a measly 5,000 in 1980. Tourists are seeking out inns as inexpensive and charming alternatives to the rising cost and sterile, cookie-cutter design of hotels and motels. People are even centering their vacation plans on bed and breakfasts, booking trips to historical towns for restful departures from cities. As long as bed and breakfasts can keep their rates lower than hotel chains, they are likely to flourish.