B&B’s for Vets
As we head closer to fall, it’s time to start thinking about the B&Bs for Vets program. Good news! We’re rolling out the program earlier and have streamlined the process of posting your offer to make it as easy to participate as possible. All innkeepers are invited to participate in the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program by offering a minimum of one room for one night and totally free to veterans and active military. Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in West Virginia, launched the B&Bs for Vets program in 2008 as a way to thank our veterans for their service. In keeping with the original program and Kathleen’s request, innkeepers are asked to give at least one room away (no strings attached, no buy-one night/get one night) in order to participate. Many innkeepers will offer more than one room which is encouraged.
Because of where the holiday falls, we are asking innkeepers to give their free rooms away on Thursday, November 10th so veterans can wake up at your inn/B&B on Veteran’s Day and enjoy the festivities in your locale. If innkeepers want to offer more free nights to vets it is of course welcomed!
A list of participating properties will be posted on http://bandbsforvets.org/. To avoid the pitfalls of difficult forms and posting procedures, we’ve developed a simple list of questions to answer with your offer, inn description and photo and contact information. AIHP has hired Deb Dapson of Copper Moon Media to upload all information for participating inns, so you won’t have to.
To participate, we ask you to email your offer and contact information along with one photo and a 250 character description of the inn to our webmaster at email@example.com. When your offer is live on the website, Deb will email you to let you know your offer is live. Save her email and then respond back to her when your rooms are filled and Deb will indicate your rooms are filled on the website.
Now, here’s the information you need to send to firstname.lastname@example.org (copy and paste these nine points into the body of your email and respond):
1. Name of your inn/B&B:
2. Street Address for your inn/B&B:
3. City, state zip for your inn/B&B:
4. Contact phone number and email (we need both):
5. Inn/B&B website:
6. Please describe your offer (remember, each inn must offer at least one free room to participate), 250 characters max.
7. Inn/B&B Facebook page:
8. Inn/B&B Twitter handle:
9. Please describe your inn or offer your tag line (250 characters max)
Don’t forget to attach a photo of your inn to the email.
If you’ve already filled your rooms for the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program, please send your information anyway, and simply indicate that your rooms are filled. That way your inn/B&B will still be listed on the site as a participant.
We’re hoping by making the process easy for innkeepers, we will post a record number of offers this year.
B&Bs for Vets is coordinated and organized by the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP). The Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP) is a non-profit organization established by its members to enhance the small independent hospitality industry. As an organization AIHP will lead the charge to elevate the awareness and importance of independent small lodging owners by providing collaborative networking opportunities, strong advocacy efforts on issues critical to our industry, compelling professional development opportunities and events, and promoting progressive business practices.
Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program.
What if I want to offer discounted rooms in addition to the free rooms I plan to include in the promotion?
- Active Duty
- National Guard
Anyone with a Veterans Administration ID. This applies to anyone who served –
- Korean War
- Vietnam War
- Gulf Wars
- Anyone who did boot camp and qualified for Veterans Administration Benefits