Hostelling Together – a united approach to recovery

family at CellB Hostel

The pandemic has brought together youth hostels and independent hostels across the UK. With their emphasis on social interaction hostels have been uniquely hit and are vital for the recovery to come.

The pandemic has brought together youth hostels and independent hostels across the UK to ask for support for our industry. Independent Hostels UK,  YHA, Scottish Independent Hostels, Hostelling Scotland and Hostelling International Northern Ireland have joined to form the Hostelling Together partnership.

couple booking into reception at Cohort hostel
Cohort Hostels, St Ives Cornwall

With their emphasis on shared spaces and social interaction hostels have been uniquely hit by covid closure. Providing low cost holidays and mostly situated in green spaces they are a vital part of the recovery to come.

skiddaw house with YHA and Independent Hostels sign

Hostels contribute more than any other forms of hospitality to wellbeing.  They have a connection with nature and the local community.  The are intrinsically sustainable and their low cost provides travel and holiday opportunities for all.

We are calling on the English and Welsh Government to recognise their unique role by providing support now.