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Bed and breakfast emerging in Europe reaches milestone of 50,000 B&Bs.

The phenomenon of bed & breakfast is flourishing in Europe. Research showed that during the past five years, many B&B’s were started. On January 5 2012,, Europe’s largest B&B-site, passed the milestone of 50,000 B&B’s in Europe.

The B&B-branch in Europe is relatively young: only 15% of the bed & breakfasts in Europe were started before the year 2000. A large majority (59%) started in 2006 or later.* Every month, an average 2,400 B&B’s are added on These are partially already longer existing, and partially new accommodations. Number 50,000 was Bed & Breakfast Ai Vicerè in the Italian city of Palermo, Sicily.

“Many homeowners have plans to start a B&B. The current economic crisis may very well play a role in this. A B&B can be a welcome extra source of income. Besides, the success of other bed & breakfasts catches on”, says Hanny Hoedemaker, founder of

For an overnight stay in a bed & breakfast in Europe, a guest pays an average € 74, – for 2 persons, including breakfast. A standard double hotel room can easily cost one hundred euro or more. Thanks to the favourable value for money, the charming, small-scale bed & breakfasts are becoming ever more popular with a wide audience.

Starter guide
To meet the demand for information about starting a bed & breakfast, mid-2012 BBE will publish a European B&B starter guide.

About Bed & Breakfast Europe
Bed & Breakfast Europe B.V. (BBE) engages in the promotion of bed & breakfasts in Europe. In February 2009 BBE started The portal quickly grew to be the largest B&B website of Europe, with over 50,000 addresses in 46 European countries and over 3.9 million photos. BBE shares its knowledge via newsletters, blogs and research reports. BBE is established in the Netherlands.

*Source: Research ‘Bed & Breakfast in Europe – Occupation, turnover and other key figures’ (2010/2011) of Bed & Breakfast Europe (BBE) in cooperation with market research office NRIT.

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