National B&B Week

Monica Or, columnist and Hospitality Consultant at Star Quality Hospitality Consultancy discusses about raising awareness and recognising the hard work of independent hosts and hoteliers and their incredible contribution to the hospitality industry..

In the UK, there are over 20,000 B&Bs, generating over £2 billion to the UK economy, that is something to really shout about. 2018 saw the first National B&B Day, which celebrated how great our B&B accommodation providers are. This year, it has been extended to a full week. From 18th – 24th March 2019 there will events and promotions across B&B’s for the next seven days.

The goals of National B&B week are to:
1) Get as many holidaymakers as possible staying in B&Bs over National B&B Week
2) To raise the profile of the independent accommodation sector.

According to the Bed & Breakfast Association, which is The UK trade association for B&B, guesthouse & independent hotel owners, the profile of B&B’s is already being raised. There was an Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons on 6th March 2019 which states:

‘That this House notes that independent B&Bs, guest houses and family-run hotels constitute a vital part of the UK’s tourism offer and form the cornerstone of our welcome to the world; further notes that the world’s best B&B and four of the world’s top five best B&Bs are British, a point made last month by the world’s biggest travel website based on millions of guest reviews; stresses the important role that B&Bs play in rural and coastal areas, where they are often the only tourist accommodation and play a key function in supporting local livelihoods; urges all Members to visit local B&Bs between 18 and 24 March 2019 during National B&B week; and calls on the Government to promote the message of booking directly with British B&Bs, guest houses and family-run hotels’.

There are lots of events planned throughout the week including a number of MPs visiting B&Bs or guesthouses in their constituencies – including the Minister of Tourism, Michael Ellis, who will be visiting a B&B in Yorkshire with David Weston, Chair of the B&B Association on Thursday.

To spread the word far and wide about this initiative tweet with the hashtag #BandBWeek and follow @BandBassoc and @NationalBBweek for more updates.

About Monica Or: Working with the owner/managers of independent hotels and restaurants, Monica assists her clients with their operations and service delivery. She is the Amazon Best Selling author of her three books: ‘Star Quality Hospitality – The Key to a Successful Hospitality Business’, ‘Star Quality Experience – The Hotelier’s Guide to Creating Memorable Guest Journeys’ and ‘Star Quality Talent – Inspiring Hospitality Careers’.
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