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ABOUT STAY WYSE

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

STAY (Safe Travel Accommodation for Youth) WYSE Association was established in 2006 by the world’s leading youth travel accommodation providers to represent the entire global Youth Travel Accommodation sector.

! A global network of trading partners across the youth and student travel industry e.g hostels, booking agents, tour operators.

STAY WYSE is the only not-for-profit industry association bringing together the diverse segments of this significant $6 billion per year industry. We work to provide much needed support and representation for one of the youth travel industry’s fastest growing niche markets. The Association's mission is to provide safe, affordable and clean accommodation within a communal atmosphere that encourages youth mobility and cultural understanding.

WHY JOIN?

! Access to accurate and reliable industry intelligence ! High profile representation of the STAY WYSE community at travel industry events worldwide ! Lobbying of tourism boards and governments to develop opportunities for youth travel accommodation in countries around the world.

STAY WYSE offers its members the following benefits and services: ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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A global network of trading partners across the youth and student travel industry. Access to accurate and reliable industry intelligence and market research. High profile representation of the STAY WYSE community at travel industry events worldwide. Networking opportunities at annual industry events such as the World Youth &!Student Travel Conference. Best practice guidelines and sharing of leading industry practices. Lobbying of tourism boards and government officials industry to raise recognition and develop opportunities for this sector in countries around the world. Professional development seminars that support member’s ability to learn from each other and operate to high professional standards. Raising the global profile of member organisations with a listing in the annual WYSE Travel Confederation Member Directory and on the STAY WYSE website and in the YTI Magazine (sent to 36,000 tourism organisations and universities around the world). Use of the STAY WYSE logo, a trusted global brand. Annual membership of the World Youth, Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation which provides direct!access to a global community of 550+ member organisations providing! travel experiences to 10 million youth and students.

"STAY WYSE creates a much needed platform for hostels to connect with each other, develop the hostel product and represent the hostel sector in the travel trade. We at Generator Hostels are excited about these opportunities and confident that STAY WYSE will help to make all youth travel companies even safer, better informed and well connected". Eric van Dijk, Managing Director, Generator Hostels, Germany

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Mr Ulises Ortega Mundo Joven Mexico

Board Members Carmel Dunne Hostelworld Ireland Mikael Hansson Hostelling International United Kingdom David Chapman International Students House United Kingdom Steve Lowy Umi Hotels United Kingdom

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WORLD YOUTH STUDENT & EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL CONFEDERATION STAY WYSE is a Sector Association of the World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation. The Confederation was founded in 2006 with the merger of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (FIYTO) and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC). The Confederation's mission is "to increase international understanding through the promotion of travel and educational opportunities for students and youth". Members of the Confederation work through specialist sector associations such as STAY WYSE to provide a range of valuable services and products for young travellers around the globe including Student Identity Cards, Language Travel Experiences, Work Exchange and Au Pair Experiences, Student Flights, Youth Accommodation and Travel Insurance. In addition to assisting with the provision of these services and products, the Confederation is committed to understanding the ever changing characteristics, motivations, and needs of young travellers. The Confederation gathers, analyses and shares important research data and market intelligence with its members, academics, corporate and government decision-makers, and the general travelling public. Accommodation providers with less than 100 beds have their membership of the WYSE Travel Confederation subsidised. All accommodation providers with more than 100 beds are required to become members of the WYSE Travel Confederation.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP There are two types of voting Members and two types of non-voting Members according to type of organisation. Voting members are! entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help set the strategic direction for the STAY WYSE Association. This is typically held every September during the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC). VOTING •

Type 1: Accommodation Providers Any specialist organisation that is primarily an owner or operator of facilities for youth and student accommodation services. Type 2: Service Providers Any specialist organisation that has a proven involvement in youth and student accommodation services e.g. booking agent etc

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Type 1: Affiliate Members Any organisations that is not a specialist in youth and student travel services but!supplies goods or services to the youth travel accommodation industry e.g. insurance, cleaning, catering services, etc. Type 2: Official Organisation Official tourism organisations such as tourism authorities, governments and non-government organisations.

All STAY WYSE members are required to abide by the Constitution and regulations for the Association.

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NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

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A MESSAGE FROM THE STAY WYSE CHAIRMAN

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Dear STAY WYSE members and colleagues,

STAY WYSE at WYSTC Our Annual General Meeting

The Board and myself are looking forward to meeting with you at our upcoming AGM at WYSTC, Beijing. We have been working hard to address the issues raised at our last AGM and will be sharing with you our progress on them. Furthermore I’m happy to inform you that our recent annual Industry Benchmark Study, the only of its kind, saw the most respondents ever and we have also recently launched a major recruitment drive. I sincerely hope you will attend this year’s important AGM on October 20th and benefit from the significant industry knowledge shared at WYSTC. This year’s AGM will start with a closed members-only session followed by an open seminar session. Please feel free to invite non-STAY WYSE members to the latter seminar session. The Board and myself look forward to meeting you personally in Beijing. Ulises Ortega - STAY WYSE Chairperson

JOIN STAY WYSE AT THE WORLD YOUTH AND STUDENT TRAVEL IN BEIJING

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The World Youth and Student Travel Conference is the annual event of the WYSE Travel Confederation, of which STAY WYSE is a Sector Association. It is endorsed by the UNWTO and UNESCO and is the most important trade event of the year for the global youth, student and educational travel industry.

WYSTC connects the many sectors and organisations that serve millions of young people who travel to study, work and grow. Bringing these diverse industries together under one roof provides a singular opportunity to pursue innovative partnerships, develop creative marketing and distribution channels and tap into new markets. This year, WYSTC will take place from 17th to 20th October 2010 at the China World Trade Centre in Beijing, China.

FREE Green Sustainability Indexing Green Globe Initiative Best Practices Guide STAY WYSE Banners Get yours now Welcoming New Members New York’s New Hotel Law The World’s Coolest Hostels List your hostel

WYSTC SCHEDULE Sunday 17th October Afternoon

Keynote & Plenary

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Welcome Reception

Monday 18th October All day

Seminars

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Networking Reception

Tuesday 19th October Morning

Travel Mart

The STAY WYSE 2010 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on October 20th during WYSTC Beijing. During the AGM, STAY WYSE members will be asked to ratify new members, conduct association business and additionally it is an opportunity for the membership to discuss issues of importance to the Youth Travel Accommodation (YTA) industry. Furthermore, members will will be presented with the latest Benchmark Study findings.

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Hostelling International & STAY WYSE Cocktail

The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to contribute to our strategic vision and to have a say on the priorities of the STAY WYSE Association. It provides the membership with the opportunity to meet the STAY WYSE Board of Directors and develop STAY WYSE policy.

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Please let us know whether there is any particular issue you would like to see addressed during the conference and we will do our best to incorporate it. We invite all STAY WYSE members to join us at the 2010 Annual General Meeting at WYSTC, Beijing.

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FREE GREEN SUSTAINABILITY INDEXING FOR STAY WYSE MEMBERS http:// www.gree nglobe.co m/

Chairperson Mr Ulises Ortega Mundo Joven Mexico

Are you a youth hostel or accommodation provider wishing to improve your green credentials? Confused about which of the 300+ sustainable index brands to choose from worldwide?

The STAY WYSE association has teamed up with the Green Globe Sustainability Index, one of the most recognisable, international green certificates, to launch a simple and practical programme specifically for youth hostels worldwide. In contrast to conventional and expensive certificate programmes, the STAY WYSE Sustainable Index supports the green ambitions of hostels and members by providing interactive online guidance. So, there’s no need for onsite inspections or high fees. Participants of the scheme fill in an interactive online questionnaire which assesses their sustainability performance, providing measurement and benchmarking guidelines for hostels and their respective supply chains.!This is done on a continuous basis, enabling participants to constantly rate, improve and promote their eco-friendliness. Interested? STAY WYSE Members will receive one-year free green sustainability indexing. To sign up please contact Laura Daly, the STAY WYSE Association Manager for your promotional code.

STAY WYSE PUBLISHES YTA PROVIDER’S GUIDE TO BEST PRACTICES

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Youth Travel Accommodation Providers (YTAP) operate under standards set by public authorities that vary widely around the world. This guide to best practice sets out standards for providing services that should be met or exceeded by Youth Travel Accommodation Providers. It covers areas such as general regulations, services and policies; fire safety and emergency requirements; and facilities such as bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Click here to view or download the guide.

JOIN THE STAY WYSE ONLINE NETWORK What better way to stay informed about new developments within the YTA sector, discuss ongoing industry issues and develop your professional network than joining the STAY WYSE members’ Linked In group? Follow STAY WYSE tweets on our Twitter feed and become a fan of STAY WYSE on Facebook!

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HAVE YOU GOT YOUR STAY WYSE BANNER? A range of STAY WYSE Banners are available online for download for STAY WYSE members. Highlight your membership of the only global forum for Youth Travel Accommodation providers and your dedication to providing safe, clean and affordable travel accommodation to your customers by including a STAY WYSE banner on your website. Simply select your preferred banner and follow the instructions online. Don’t forget to link to www.staywyse.org.

W E L C O M I N G N E W S TAY W Y S E MEMBERS STAY WYSE would like to welcome HipHopHostels and GoMio and as their newest members! GoMio is a booking portal, with youth hostels and budget accommodation providers in destinations worldwide. HipHopHostels has twelve amazing hostels located in the heart of Paris near popular attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur. Know a YTA provider who’s not yet a member? Refer them to STAY WYSE and receive 10% discount on your 2011 membership when they are approved. Email STAY WYSE for more info.

NEW YORK NEWS A new bill has come into force in New York making it illegal to rent space in most multifamily residential buildings for less than 30 days at a stretch. It reverses a 2009 court decision that sanctioned short-term rentals so long as fewer than half of all units in a residential building were used for nonpermanent residents. The STAY WYSE Board is currently in discussions with key stakeholders to ensure that the safety, health and welfare of young travellers is promoted through this bill, whilst at the same time ensuring it does not negatively impact young travellers to New York.

EQUITY POINT MARRAKECH ONE OF THE WORLD’S COOLEST HOSTELS The Guardian Newspaper has handpicked a selection of the best boutique hostels around the world, including STAY WYSE member Equity Point’s Marrakech hostel.

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The Guardian writes “Boutique hostels are ideally primed for the credit crunch age. As holidaymakers' budgets have been tightening, hostels have been upping their game. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is that hostels are no longer the sole preserve of backpackers - most hostels now offer private rooms, some of which wouldn't look out of place in a boutique hotel.” If you would like your hostel to be considered for inclusion in the Guardian list, simply submit a tip on the Guardian’s Been There site. To be included in the list your hostel must have dorm rooms and private doubles.

SUBMIT AN ARTICLE If you would like to submit an article for the next edition of the STAY WYSE Newsletter, please send your materials and articles to the STAY WYSE Association Manager no later than Friday, October 1st 2010. Let us know about developments in your organisation, what’s been happening in your country, changes in legislation, and issues of concern. We want to hear from you! Contact the STAY WYSE Secretariat for further details.

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THE YOUTH TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION INDUSTRY SURVEY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY BY GREG RICHARDS

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ASSOCIATION OF YOUTH TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION STAY WYSE IS A SECTOR ASSOCIATION OF WYSE TRAVEL CONFEDERATION


RESEARCH PROGRAMME WYSE Travel Confederation and STAY WYSE Association are committed to understanding the ever changing characteristics, motivations, and needs of young travellers. The Confederation and STAY WYSE gather, analyse and share important research data and market intelligence with their members, academics, corporate and government decision-makers, and the general travelling public. Our investment in research and market intelligence informs the policies, services and products which make international travel and educational experiences exciting, safe, accessible and affordable for young people. Please visit www.wysetc.org for more information about WYSE Travel Confederation’s research programme. For more information about STAY WYSE, please visit www.staywyse.org.

Author Greg Richards (Tourism Research and Marketing) Survey manager Laura Daly (STAY WYSE Association Manager) Title The Youth Travel Accommodation Industry Survey

Publisher WYSE Travel Confederation Front cover Image: Hikers in Luxembourg supplied by Hostelling International Printing Drukkerij Tesink, Zutphen, The Netherlands

SPONSORS STAY WYSE would like to thank the following sponsors


Introduction ABOUT STAY WYSE STAY (Safe Travel Accommodation for Youth) WYSE Association is the global forum and trade association for organisations involved in youth travel accommodation. The Association was formed in 2006 by the world’s leading youth travel accommodation providers to represent the entire global Youth Travel Accommodation (YTA) sector. STAY WYSE is the only not-for-profit industry association bringing together the diverse segments of this significant multi-billion dollar industry. The association works to provide much needed support and representation for one of the youth travel industry’s fastest growing niche markets. The Association’s mission is to provide safe, affordable and clean accommodation within a communal atmosphere that encourages youth mobility and cultural understanding. STAY WYSE was officially approved as a sector association of the World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation in October 2007 at the World Youth Student Conference (WYSTC) in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the fourth survey of the global Youth Travel Accommodation market produced by STAY WYSE, and the third survey which has included key benchmarks for the industry.

YOUTH TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION INDUSTRY: MARKET DYNAMICS Thanks to young people travelling more frequently, more widely and more independently, the global youth tourism market continues to expand. In 2009 there was an estimated worldwide market of around 176 million international youth tourism trips a year, compared with about 160 million in 2005. This market growth has created a growing demand for youth accommodation, and stimulated the development of new forms of accommodation. Professionalisation and commercialisation of the sector continue to drive a convergence between youth travel accommodation (YTA) providers and other sectors of the accommodation market, particularly budget hotels. Even though the YTA industry is growing in size and importance, information on the business operations of hostel-style accommodation is scarce, certainly in comparison to the frequent and detailed analyses of the hotel sector. Information on how the YTA sector operates is useful in allowing operators to benchmark their business and assess their own performance relative to industry standards. This study was commissioned by the STAY WYSE Association in order to continue a review of the business operations of the Youth Travel Accommodation sector, to establish crucial business metrics and identify trends in this dynamic sector. The information generated by this research also supports the mission of STAY WYSE to provide a voice and identity for the youth travel accommodation industry.

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Methodology Leading Youth Travel Accommodation (YTA) operators around the world were asked to participate in a detailed survey, which was open for the period June to August 2010. Respondents were asked about their business during calendar year 2009. Data was collected from 321 YTA operators from 73 countries, operating a total of 563 accommodation establishments with a total of almost 70,000 bedspaces. This is a significant increase on the response to the 2009 survey, when a total of 216 accommodation establishments from 42 countries were covered. This reflects the ability of STAY WYSE to reach operators across the YTA as a whole, as well as the effort made to increase response rates in the survey of 2009. The responses were analysed anonymously, and only general figures for regions, countries or types of operation are reported here for reasons of confidentiality.

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Executive Summary This study is the fourth global review of business operations in the YTA sector by STAY WYSE, and the 2009 report covers 563 accommodation units in 73 countries. Data on activities for the period January to December 2009 was collected through an online survey held in June to August 2010.

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Conclusions The STAY WYSE survey of YTA business in 2009 continues to point to a relatively healthy industry, in spite of the effects of the economic downturn. YTA operators remain optimistic about their business prospects in 2010, following a year in which business contracted, but to a lesser extent than in other sectors of the global tourism industry. The fact that occupancy levels were strong in many areas allowed YTA operators to raise their bed rates by over 3% in 2009. Although bed revenues are still by far the most important source of income, there were also signs of an increase in other revenue areas during the year. One of the reasons for a relatively strong performance is the tendency for YTA operators to innovate and adapt their products to suit market conditions. In particular, it seems that YTA operators are making good use of new marketing opportunities, such as social networking sites, to reach new client groups and market their products more effectively. The fact that YTA operators could generally sustain business levels through the downturn was probably one of the major reasons XIZPWFSBMMBWFSBHFCFESBUFTGPSSPTFCZNPSFUIBODPNQBSFEXJUI8JUIBWFSage reported bed occupancy rates also being higher than in previous editions of the STAY WYSE Survey, this indicates that the YTA industry has managed to negotiate the economic downturn relatively effectively. Other data from the survey does indicate, however, that YTA establishments will have to remain flexible and creative in order to maximise the opportunities that arise in the marketplace. For example, the growth of third party websites as a source of bookings indicates a potential source of pressure on achieved revenues that may grow in the future. There are also indications that difficult economic conditions may be taking attention away from some important issues which not only affect YTA establishments, but also their customers. The relatively low penetration of environmental and sustainability initiatives, for example, shows that some YTA operators may not be on the same wavelength as their customers, in view of the fact that WYSE Travel Confederation research has consistently shown a high level of concern for such issues among young independent travellers.



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Bibliography ! Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010) Tourist Accommodation, Australia, March 2009. ! Richards, G. (2007) New Horizons II – The Young Independent Traveller 2007. Amsterdam: WYSE Travel Confederation. ! Richards, G. and Welk, P. (2009) Youth Travel Accommodation Industry: A Benchmark Study. Amsterdam: STAY WYSE. ! Statistics New Zealand (2010) Accommodation Survey 2009. ! United Nations World Tourism Organisation (2010) International Travel Statistics. Madrid: WTO. ! WYSE Travel Confederation (2009, 2010) Youth Travel Monitor. WYSE Travel Confederation: Amsterdam.

Acknowledgements STAY WYSE Association would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their valuable contributions to this report: ! The Members of STAY WYSE ! STAY WYSE Board Mr. Ulises Ortega, Mundo Joven (Chair) Mr. David Chapman, International Students House Mr. John Dickson, Hostelling International Ms. Carmel Dunne, Hostelworld Mr. Mikael Hansson, Hostelling International Mr. Steve Lowy, UmiHotels Mr. Murray Roberts, St. Christopher’s Inn ! WYSE Travel Confederation Mr. David Jones Ms. Wendy Morrill Mr. Robin Wicks ! Scribble design (www.scribbledesign.nl) STAY WYSE would also like to thank all of the Youth Travel Accommodation providers who kindly participated in this study.

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Website www.paxhostel.com XXXCPIFNJBSFTPSUDPNBV www.wakeup.com.au www.yha.com www.visitflanders.be www.globalbackpackers.com www.jazzhostels.com www.travelcuts.com XXXmOOUPVSJTUm www.hiphophostels.com www.aohostels.com www.sandemans-new.com www.celtic-accommodation.ie www.hostelworld.com www.cts.it www.plusvillages.com www.farahhotel.com.jo www.nsts.org www.ciarogroup.com www.hostellingmexico.com www.mundojoven.com www.dekey.nl www.sou-lj.si www.coffeechack.co.za www.saltycrax.com www.agorabcn.com www.equity-point.com www.feetuphostels.com www.melondistrict.com XXXBMMPVUBGSJDBDPN www.villa.ch www.britanniatravel.com www.ashleehouse.co.uk www.generatorhostels.com www.hattersgroup.com www.hostelbookers.com www.hihostels.com www.ish.org.uk

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Organisation Smart City Hostels Edinburgh St Christophers Inns STA Travel Group umi Hotels 6OJWFSTJUZPG#BUI Hostelrescard.com Inc NYCHostels.com YMCA of Greater New York

Country United Kingdom United Kingdom United Kingdom United Kingdom 6OJUFE,JOHEPN USA USA USA

Website www.smartcityhostels.com www.st-christophers.co.uk www.statravelgroup.com www.umihotels.co.uk XXXCBUIBDVLIPTQJUBMJUZ www.hostelrescard.com www.nychostels.com www.internationalymca.org

The following Hostelling International Member Associations are non-voting members of STAY WYSE Organisation Country Website FÊdÊration AlgÊrienne de Auberges Algeria www.faaj.org )PTUFMMJOH*OUFSOBUJPOBM"SHFOUJOB "SHFOUJOB XXXIJIPTUFMTDPNBSHFOUJOB Österreichischer Jugendherbergsverband Hauptverband Austria www.oeijhv.or.at Bahrain Youth Hostels Society Bahrain www.byhs.org.bh Les Auberges de Jeunesse Belgium www.laj.be Fundacion Hostelling International Bolivia Bolivia www.hostellingbolivia.org Federaçao Brasileira dos Albergues Brazil www.hostel.org.br Hostelling International-Canada Canada www.hihostels.ca Asociación Chilena de Albergues Turisticos Chile www.hostelling.cl YHA China China www.yhachina.com Chinese Taipei Youth Hostel Association Chinese Taipei www.yh.org.tw Hrvatski Ferijalni i Hostelski Savez (Croatian YHA) Croatia www.hfhs.hr Czech Youth Hostel Association Czech Republic www.czechhostels.com DANHOSTEL Denmark www.danhostel.dk Fundación Hostelling del Ecuador Ecuador www.hihostels.com.ec Egyptian Youth Hostels Association Egypt www.egyptyha.com YHA England & Wales England & Wales www.yha.org.uk Suomen RetkeilymajajärjestÜ-SRM Finland www.hostellit.fi FÊdÊration Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse France www.fuaj.org DJH Hauptverband Germany www.jugendherberge.de Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association Hong Kong www.yha.org.hk Magyarorszågi Ifjúsågi Szållåsok SzÜvetsÊge (Hungarian YHA) Hungary www.miszsz.hu Bandalag Islenskra Farfugla (HI Iceland) Iceland www.hostel.is Youth Hostels Association of India India www.yhaindia.org An Óige, Irish Youth Hostel Association Ireland www.irelandyha.org Israel Youth Hostels Association Israel www.iyha.org.il Associazione Italiana Alberghi per la GioventÚ Italy www.aighostels.com Japan Youth Hostels Inc Japan www.jyh.or.jp Jordan Youth Hostels Commission Jordan www.jyhc.jo

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Organisation Kenya Youth Hostels Association Kuwait Youth Hostel Committee Lebanese Youth Hostels Federation Libyan Youth Hostel Association Lithuanian Youth Hostels Association Centrale des Auberges de Jeunesse Luxembourgeoises Macedonian Youth Hostel Association Malaysian Youth Hostels Association NSTS Hostelling International Fédération Royale Marocaine des Auberges de Jeunes Stayokay YHA New Zealand Hostelling International-Northern Ireland Norske Vandrerhjem - HI Norway Pakistan Youth Hostels Association Administradora Peruana de Albergues Youth and Student Hostel Foundation of the Philippines Polish Youth Hostel Association MOVIJOVEM Qatar Youth Hostels Association Asociatia Youth Hostel Romania Youth Hostels Association of Russia Saudi Arabian Youth Hostels Association Scottish Youth Hostels Association Youth Hostels Association of Serbia Hostelling International Singapore PZS - Hostelling International Slovenia Hostelling International Korea Red Española de Albergues Juveniles Sudanese Youth Hostels Association Svenska Turistföreningen Schweizer Jugendherbergen Thai Youth Hostels Association Association Tunisienne des Auberges de Tourisme de Jeune United Arab Emirates Youth Hostel Association Asociación de Alberguistas del Uruguay Hostelling International USA Vietnam Hostelling International

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Country Kenya Kuwait Lebanon Libya Lithuania

Website www.yhak.org

Luxembourg Macedonia Malaysia Malta

www.youthhostels.lu www.macedonian-yha.org www.myha.org.my www.nsts.org

Morocco Netherlands New Zealand Northern Ireland Norway Pakistan Peru

www.frmaj.org.ma www.stayokay.com www.yah.co.nz www.hini.org.uk www.vandrerhjem.no www.pakistanyouthhostel.com www.hostellingperu.com.pe

Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovenia South Korea Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Thailand

www.ptsm.org.pl www.pousadasjuventude.pt www.qyha.com www.hihostels-romania.ro www.russia-hostelling.ru www.sayha.org www.syha.org.uk www.hostels.org.yu www.hisingapore.org www.youth-hostel.si www.kyha.or.kr www.reaj.com www.sudaneseyha.net www.stfturist.se www.youthhostel.ch www.hithailand.com

Tunisia United Arab Emirates Uruguay USA Vietnam

www.atatj.planet.tn www.uaeyha.com www.hosteluruguay.org www.hiusa.org www.vietnamhitravel.com

www.lha.lt

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MEMBERSHIP FEE STAY WYSE Category

# Beds

SW Fee

WYSETC Fee

Total

Voting

Accommodation Provider

1-50 beds

"225

"100

"325

Voting

Accommodation Provider!

51-100 beds

"350

"100

"450

Voting

Accommodation Provider!

101-200 beds

"500

"1,200

"1,700

Voting

Accommodation Provider

201-999 beds

"600

"1,200

"1,800

Voting

Accommodation Provider

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"1,100

"1,200

"2,300

Voting

Accommodation Provider

5000+ beds

"5,000

"1,200

"6,200

Voting

Booking Engine

"5,000

"1,200

"6,200

Voting

National Association

"5,000

"1,200

"6,200

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"700

"1,600

"2,300

Non-voting Official Organisation Member

"600

"600

"1,200

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HOW TO APPLY To apply for STAY WYSE membership please complete our application form and upload a copy of your organisation’s proof of registration and either a copy of your most recent audited annual accounts or a letter from your accountant verifying your financial good standing. Supporting documentation is for internal use only and will be handled with utmost confidentiality. Any other questions? Please feel free to contact the STAY WYSE Association manager, Laura Daly: STAY WYSE Keizersgracht 174 1016DW Amsterdam l.daly@wysetc.org Tel: +31 20 421 2800 Fax: +31 20 421 2810

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