National B&B Week 2020

 

Update on National B&B Week 2020

National B&B Week is an annual celebration of the UK’s independent accommodation sector. This year, as a result of restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19, the difficult decision was taken to postpone the event.

The UK-wide lockdown has meant that B&B owners across the country have faced very difficult circumstances, with bookings cancelled and properties closed. Now, with the easing of restrictions, you can do your bit to help. 

By booking a B&B, guest house, hotel, or inn now for later in the year you are lending a helping hand to businesses that support their local economy. 

If you’ve not booked a break, do so now for the summer or autumn. There are hundreds of properties on our Offers page waiting to welcome you and we will continue to publish offers until the relaunched event takes place.

If you’ve booked a B&B but are unable to travel, re-arrange your stay – please don’t cancel. Your hosts will still love to meet you and many can offer vouchers for future dates!

 If you can’t rearrange, consider paying for your stay even if you can’t check-in. Your generosity will be very much appreciated.

By doing any of the above, you will be helping the Great British B&B through the current uncertainty and your actions will help support not only the B&Bs themselves but businesses in the wider community too.  

Meanwhile, we continue to redirect our efforts to support accommodation providers through this difficult time and limit the impact of the disruption they have experienced. Our Reopen Safely Resource Hub contains a wealth of advice, checklists and templates to help them welcome guests once again, and we continue to host our helpful podcasts and masterclasses. 

We’d like to thank all of the properties, partners and potential guests involved in National B&B Week for their continued support and look forward to sharing an update on plans for the next National B&B Week in due course.

What is National B&B Week?

Did you know that there are over 20,000 B&Bs in the UK, and that they generate over £2 billion annually to the UK economy? We think that’s something worth celebrating!

That’s why in 2018 we created the UK’s first National B&B Day. Thanks to the efforts of all the fantastic B&Bs and industry partners who made it such a great success, in 2019 we went bigger with a full week dedicated to showcasing the wonderful world of B&Bs. In 2020 we will again be flying the flag for B&Bs across the UK, to raise awareness of the hard work of independent hosts and hoteliers and their incredible contribution to the hospitality industry.

Our goals are to:

  1. Raise the profile of the independent accommodation sector
  2. Get as many guests as possible booking and staying in B&Bs over National B&B Week and beyond.

We want everyone to know about B&Bs and how they are the perfect place to stay. We’re working with a major PR agency, and will build excitement with a range of promotional activities throughout the week to show the world what an amazing industry this is. We’re also working with partners and sponsors to encourage visitors to stay in a B&B so that they can enjoy and celebrate this truly authentic and traditional holiday experience.

 

Highlights from

National B&B Week 2019

Participating properties

Industry partners

Early Day Motion in Parliament

MP visits to B&Bs

Stories in the press

Reach via press

Tweets using #BandBWeek

Reach via social media

Website users

Website click outs to B&B offers

#BandBWeek video views

Rooms nights pledged to The Family Holiday Association

National B&B Week 2019 - Francis Boulle

For National B&B Week 2019, eviivo sent a rather apprehensive Francis Boulle, of Made in Chelsea fame, to stay in a British B&B. The video has been viewed over 40,000 times to date. Look out for more exciting activities for National B&B Week 2020 coming soon!

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