For just £155 you can join IHUK, advertise your hostel, and receive the following services:-
A feature on our website to advertise your hostel
Your hostel will have a feature on our website with links to your hostels website (and facebook and twitter if you have them). We provide a very visible link to your hostels on-line booking system and we do not take any commissions. We simply use the website to advertise your hostel. Your hostel location is highlighted on all our interactive maps, which are very popular with our readers.
A page in our handbook to advertise your hostel
The Independent Hostel Guide is the only handbook for hostels and bunkhouses in the UK. You hostel has a whole page feature with the option of an extra page featuring a montage of photos. The Guide is printed every year and distributed through tourist information centres, bookshops and at the hostels in England, Scotland and Wales. Your page will be included in the next edition of the guide, printed in January.
Membership to Independent Hostels UK (IHUK)
IHUK will advertise your hostel at shows such as the Telegraph Outdoor Show in London, The Education Show at the NEC and local event’s such at Le Euroica Cycle Show. You will be given the opportunity to join us at a show, meet other hostel owners and help out on the stand. The IHUK network member’s message boards allow you to talk to other hostel owners and read their advice on useful services and the latest scams. All the hostels in the network are able to post Natters, short up-to-the-minute messages that appear on the home page of our website and are posted out on our social media. Natters give you great free exposure for your special offers, local events and other news, to help you advertise your hostel. Natters are promoted on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Free feature on the Long Distance Walkers Association’s Website, to advertise your hostel.
We will add your accommodation to the Long Distance Walkers Association’s resources directory on the LDWA website. The Long Distance Paths in your area will include a link to your hostel information on our website including your own online booking link. Viewers of local walks on the iFootpath website will be given the option of viewing your accommodation as a place to stay.
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 personnel attention. Our Group enquiry button is used mostly by groups of families and friends, UK based outdoor enthusiasts and overseas student groups.
Social Networking to advertise your hostel
If you have your own social networks we will automatically re-tweet your Twitter posts and endeavor to share as many of your Facebook posts as we can. If you don’t have your own facebook/twitter our natter facility is a great way to get your news out onto the social networks. Natters are tweeted via our Twitter profile @indiehostelsuk, and posted onto our Facebook page. We also provide a “Social Networking Support Service” where we will help you set up social networking or help your existing pages to gain momentum for a small fee.
The IHG Blog as a way to advertise your hostel
The IHUK blog is popular with our readers and Google alike. Our team of travel writers and outdoor photographers stay at hostels and bunkhouses in the network and write about what they got up to. These blog are not a review of the accommodation, they are a holiday idea designed to promote the local area and the hostel along with it. The blog talks about the activities and sights nearby with your hostel suggested as an ideal place to stay. Blogs are provided for free, all you need to do is offer a nights free accommodation to the blogger. For more details click here.
For £60 you can have additional photos on the website, an extra page in the guidebook and a Video on our Youtube.
Choose this option to have up to 9 extra photos online and a page of photos in the guide book opposite your main page, giving your accommodation a double page spread. The online photos scroll along the top of your website feature and we will create a snapshot of the photos and any video footage you send us. Video clips taken on your phone or camera are perfect for this. The videos are uploaded onto YouTube and you can easily add them to your own website. Videos and photos are a great way to advertise your hostel.
Other services available from Independent Hostels UK
Independent Hostels UK provides a range of additional services to hostels. These are based on the knowledge we have gained promoting hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns on the web over the last 25 years. You can find our more about these on the links below.