Our member inns enjoy a wealth of benefits though their association with BBAK and our criteria and quality standards for membership set the stage for our unparalleled level of Quality Accommodations and Guest Satisfaction. Call or email to learn more about membership and its many benefits:
Become a BBAK Member
Who is the Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky (BBAK)?
The Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky (BBAK) is a respected voice that has represented the backbone of the B&B industry in Kentucky since it was created in 1988 by innkeepers dedicated to maintaining high standards of hospitality. It is a dependable resource in today's ever changing lodging marketplace that provides a full range of services, working on advocacy, marketing, education and quality programs to assist Innkeepers as they invite guests to stay as a local and seek the unique! BBAK Member properties are loctaed throughout the entire state of Kentucky as well as neighboring cisites in Metro Areas that might be just across the state border. Members are all licensed, inspected and insured and know warm, Kentucky hospitality! Does this sound like something you want for your B&B? Become a BBAK Member!
Why should you become a BBAK Member?
Our mission statement says it all:
To maximize the success of all members by marketing our unique brand of hospitality to travelers; promoting quality; being a leader in providing networking, educational, and business opportunities, and by being an advocate for members and the industry.
So, we're here to maximize the success of your business ... and together we'll accomplish that through the services and programs from BBAK available for each member.
So why do so many outstanding B&B's choose to belong?
(the support for, backing of, promotion of, championing of)
Advocacy & Industry Relations
Legislation affects your inn-your livelihood. BBAK works on regulatory and licensing issues, including education & legislative efforts for fair regulation & practices. Proactive work –we have your back.
What you bring to membership is clout in the form of your voice. What membership gives
back is an entire orchestra of voices that affects legislative and regulatory activity. We go to Frankfort and work collaboratively with organizations because you don't have time. Strong partnerships make a difference.
Newly designed and optimized Responsive Website
Extensive Search Features / Links/Pictures/Mapping/Consolidated Availability Calendar, Inns for Sale, etc.
BBAK adds your inn to www.kentuckybb.com, the KY Dept. of Tourism site, with its "Trip Planner".
Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube
Blog and Online Articles
Opportunities with Cumulative Marketing Power
Co-Op Advertising (e.g., Kentucky Monthly, Kentucky Living, KET, etc. )
Media/Publicity - PR... getting the B&B story, and your story, told
Working with our professional PR consultant and writer places press releases with media contacts throughout the state and beyond
Travel writers asking—we refer them BBAK Member inns
Ezine Newsletter-10,000 Subscribers
BBAK Rack Card,
Brochures, postcards, mailings
Convention & Innkeeper Trade Show
Annual Membership Meeting
Zoom Q&A and Sharing Sessions
Board-of-Directors' Quarterly Meetings
Internal Facebook Chatroom- exchange ideas and experiences
Volunteer Opportunities (e.g., committee member, board member, special projects)
Newsletters & Updates - INNSPIRATION NEWSLETTERS
Aspiring Innkeeper (AI) Services
Start-Up Guide for purchase
Inns for Sale
QUALITY STANDARDS PROGRAM
Assures you provide a unique, quality experience.
GIFT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Additional income opportunity ~ hundreds sold a year
GROUP PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS
Discounts/Programs for products and services through partnerships in organizations and vendor partners
Does Your B&B Qualify to Become a BBAK Member?
Hold either a valid State of Kentucky Business license OR
Hold a valid hotel/motel license, and be non-franchised and independently owned.
Have a written policy covering rates, children, pets, smoking, reservations, cancelations, refunds and other amenities associated with the operation.
Complete an application, BBAK Quality Standards inspection, and be approved by our Board of Directors.
Have total operations of no more than 25 rooms.
Provide a breakfast (full or continental-style) and such a breakfast must be included in the published rates. Should a member also hold a restaurant license, it is possible to include a continental-style breakfast in the published rates, and charge extra for a full breakfast.
Applicants who do not fit the parameters above, may petition the Board for a special temporary exemption to the rules as they work toward fulfilling the requirements for membership.