National B&B Week took place from 18th-24th March following on from the success of National B&B Day in 2018. The aim of the week is to celebrate the UK’s independent accommodation providers and to highlight their hard work and contributions to the economy.
According to the figures, this year’s National B&B Week had 347 properties across the UK taking part by offering discounts, special promotions or prize draws to guests choosing to stay between 18th and 24th, to great success. Fifteen MPs also took the opportunity to visit B&Bs as part of the campaign, Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, told reporters that: “Our B&Bs are world-class. Four of TripAdvisor’s top five B&Bs in the world are in Britain and this is something we want to capitalise on. Britain is open for business and National B&B Week is a great opportunity for us to showcase this dynamic sector, I hope we can encourage even more people to support British tourism and experience the superb places on offer all across the nation.”
An Early Day Motion was also put forward in parliament by Alistair Carmichael MP to further highlight the impact of independent businesses on the UK economy.
The buzz surrounding B&Bs during the week saw 92 stories being printed in newspapers and online articles with some of the biggest websites in the world picking up on it. It is estimated that 1,189,400,533 people were reached through these articles, that’s an outstanding amount!
The B&B Week team are so grateful to everyone who got involved during the week, there are over 20,000 B&Bs in the UK that generate over £2 billion annually, we look forward to seeing the celebration of B&Bs get bigger with every year!