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Austria - boasts another attraction. It is home to a freshly converted “design” youth hostel, the first of its kind. Te concept was developed by the internationally active architecture studio LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture). Te goal was to preserve the homely alpine flair and combine it with modern design elements. Te result is a unique youth hostel. In the foyer, guests are


welcomed by bright colours: brilliant green, crimson, blue and white. Te rooms have spacious bay windows, large enough to sit in and admire the alpine panoramic views, including Mount Watzmann (2,713 metres). All the guest rooms feature wooden floors and built-in wooden furniture, in addition to a shower and toilet and wireless internet access. Highlights include the modern beds and the gallery rooms with a raised sleeping area. Te hostel’s grounds include


a professionally managed high wire park. Te mountains beckon irresistibly to hikers, while other activities on offer include archery and rafting. In winter, outstanding opportunities for all kinds of winter sports can be found close by. Te Youth Hostel


Berchtesgaden is an ideal destination for young travellers and families, but also for sports enthusiasts and lovers of culture.


BELGIUM


Les Auberges de Jeunesse gets a makeover!


Tis year, after several month’s consideration, Les Auberges de Jeunesse ASBL (the Belgian Youth Hostel Association) was rebranded in order to keep with the times and continue to offer quality services. For the Belgian association, 2011 has been synonymous with major changes. Indeed, the brand of the association (and the hostels) has been redesigned, rejuvenated


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and re-aligned with the times. “We worked by going back to


our roots, so looking at the mission and values of the association, with the aim of building a coherent global strategy, in line with our beliefs,” explained Caroline Raedemaeker, Marketing and Communication Manager. A new logo has been created; unique, younger and aligned with the different values advocated by the non-profit organisation, it will be featured on all communication media. A new website has also been launched, which is more dynamic and user-friendly. What’s more, there are also


renovation works going on within the facilities to make the buildings even warmer, more welcoming, more modern and especially more environmentally-friendly! Insulation fitted in Bouillon and Namur, solar panels installed in Liège and Malmedy, boiler replacements in Champlon and Tournai - these are just some of the initiatives already carried out as part of the project. In just a few weeks, the upgrades to the Namur Youth Hostel will be finalised.


ENGLAND AND WALES The Elenydd


Wilderness Hostels Situated in the remote Elenydd area of mid Wales, Dolgoch and Ty’n Cornel hostels were saved by the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels Trust in 2005/6. Tey are both simple, small, yet


“FOR THE BELGIAN ASSOCIATION, 2011 HAS BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH MAJOR CHANGES”


comfortable hostels in beautiful, peaceful settings, with walking, cycling, bird watching or just chilling out available.


For further information on the hostels, and details of how to book, visit www.elenydd-hostels.co.uk


AUSTRALIA


Booking YHA accommodation online just got


easier! YHA Australia has launched a Facebook booking App that allows guests to book more than 100 YHA hostels all around Australia without having to leave their favourite social media site. Tis is the first of its kind launched by an Australian hostel network.


Mandy Monk, European Sales and Marketing Manager for YHA Australia, commented: “Facebook is now a part of our guests’ daily lives, particularly when they are travelling. Tis application is as quick and simple as possible and enables guests to book their next Australian hostel from within Facebook. “Reservations can be made at


more than 100 YHA hostels ranging from the multi-award winning Sydney Central YHA in the heart of Sydney, to the more rural Halls Gap YHA in the beautiful Grampians Region of Victoria and the idyllic Queensland beach location of Magnetic Island YHA. “Te


Facebook app is just the latest development to meet the changing needs of our customers and it follows on from the mobile website www.m.yha. com.au which is continuing to grow in popularity.” You’ll find the app on Backpacking Mate, Brisbane City YHA and YHA Australia Facebook pages. See the “YHA Bookings” tab in the left-hand menu of each Facebook page.


NEW LOOK


for the Youth


Hostel Association in Belgium


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