The global economic slowdown is really having a strong impact on our daily life and on the tourism industry. The demand, by world travellers and holiday-makers, for B&Bs and similarly small lodging organizations is in large increase, as a clear signal of a trend that is growingly leaning towards an informal, friendly and less expensive style of accommodation.
But the Italian group of www.bed-and-breakfast.it wanted to go beyond and 3 years ago has started to organize an original initiative that makes your stay at Italian B&Bs even more affordable: The Barter Week, this year from November 14 to the 20th. It involves hundreds of accommodations all over Italy and 81 B&Bs in downtown Rome (a 40% increase from last year, when they were only 57!) , while another 25 in the area around the Capital, from beautiful towns such as Tivoli, to Castel Gandolfo, Ariccia and many more, also joined the event.
Bartering is still very common, owing much of its renewed popularity to Internet. The popularity of bartering websites has soared as consumers are looking to new methods of shopping to counter the effects of the credit crunch.
During the November 14-20 week, you can barter goods and services for your stay. Such items as homemade marmalades or DVD collections can be suitable examples of barterable goods. Alternatively, the provision of gardening or plumbing services, or even of music lessons, can be just as much welcomed by a B&B owner. And don’t forget that 28 B&Bs in Rome permanently, i.e. all year long, accept barter offers (read story here)
Options and possibilities are indeed infinite. All one has to do is to confidently make his or her own bartering offer while making sure that this is serious, respectful and original.
What are you waiting for then to enjoy Rome for free?