Join our Network and advertise your bunkhouse under the umbrella of Independent Hostels UK .
Join the 350+ bunkhouse and hostel owners that benefit from IHUK’s marketing expertise for just £190 a year. There are no other costs and NO COMMISSION to pay.
Your bunkhouse will be advertised in the following ways:
Multiple features on the IHUK website.
You will have a main online feature which pushes readers to your website, your online booking system and your social media. Our amazing website can read availability information from most calendars and booking systems, so we can promote your availability seamlessly too.
In addition to your main feature your bunkhouse is highlighted on our interactive maps, long distance trails and special accommodation pages, which are very popular with our readers. These Discovery Pages take readers to your main feature where they can find out more about your accommodation and book direct.
A feature in the annual Independent Hostel Guide.
The only publication of its kind and now in its 29th year, this is an iconic reference book with an ever-increasing fan base. The guide book is sold in bookshops, online and at our hostels.
The popular group enquiry button on our website allows group leaders to select the facilities and location they require and then prompts them to compose an email which we send direct to you for your personal attention. Our Group enquiry button is used mostly by groups of families and friends, UK based outdoor enthusiasts and overseas student groups.
Regular targeted multi-media promotions throughout the year
Every week we run one or two promotions which highlight one of the aspects of the accommodation in our network. This can be anything from accessible accommodation to accommodation along a walking route like the West Highland Way. Your bunkhouse will appear on all the relevant promotions and we provide you with an app which you can use to add an extra highlight to your bunkhouses feature on each promotion. We use newsletters to keep you in touch with upcoming promotions. Some of our on going promotions
Social Networking for everyone
Accommodation in the network can use our app to post short up-to-the-minute messages that appear on our website and social media. This give you great free exposure for your special offers, local events and other news.
If you have your own social networks we will automatically re-tweet your Twitter posts and endeavour to interact with as many of your Facebook and Instagram posts as we can. If you don’t have your own social media our app is a great way to get your news out onto the social networks.
Social opportunities and group marketing
IHUK has always acted as a social hub for hostel owners in the network but now more than ever we are keeping you all in touch. In previous years we have hosted a conference, provided meet-up opportunities and group marketing at events such as the Outdoor Show, The Education Show and local outdoor events like Keswick Mountain Festival. Join the network now and you will be given the opportunity to join us at a show, meet other hostel owners and help out on the stand.
Additional benefits of joining the IHUK network include:
- Use of our branding and associated credibility.
- Access to 30 years of expertise in the travel and outdoor accommodation market.
- No loss of control. All enquiries and bookings go directly to you.
- Take control of your promotions by posting directly onto our website and social media.
- Talk to other bunkhouse owners in the network.
- Free signage and other branded items.
- Enjoy our friendly, efficient, personal service.
What sort of bookings to expect
- Bookings from IHUK tend to be from people who understand hostel, bunkhouse and camping barn accommodation. Well behaved guests with reasonable expectations.
- The majority of our bookings are from UK based groups. These range from family get-togethers to schools and come in all sizes.
- We also generate bookings from outdoor enthusiasts and people doing the long distance walking and cycling routes.
How the bookings will arrive
- Direct on your own booking system
- As enquiries from your own website or social media.
- Phone or by email enquiries from our website
- Phone or email enquiries from our printed literature
- As batch emails from our group enquiry system
Your own website will rise higher on the google rankings just because we link to it.
We specialise in direct bookings by supporting your own marketing, website and social media.
There is generally no indication that a booking has come via us and no commission to pay. This is fine by us as long as you know we are always working, behind the scenes, to provide you with commission free direct bookings.
Is your accommodation right for the network?
Accommodation accepted into the network includes: hostels, bunkhouses, camping barns, activity centres and group accommodation. To be part of our network your accommodation should have communal living areas and self catering facilities (or a communal eating experience).
What does it cost?
For just £190 per year you can enjoy all the above. You will have one photo on your online feature and half a page with two photos in the guidebook. For an extra £60 you can have 10 photos on your online feature and a full page with 7 photos in the guide book. If you have lots of lovely photos that sell your accommodation we would highly recommend the ‘Extra Photos’. There are no other charges, commissions or costs.
email email@example.com or give us a call on 01629 580427
Covid19 and Independent Hostels UK
During the pandemic IHUK took on the role of an affiliation. Representing hostels and bunkhouses within the hospitality industry. Lobbying for funding and providing support with interpreting social distancing rules. IHUK has always acted as a social hub for hostel owners in the network but now more than ever we are keeping you all in touch.