An offer too good to refuse
Scottish Community Alliance
On the west coast of Wales there was a small hostel in the village of Llanbedr. It was beset by problems, making a loss, unpopular with the villagers and due for closure.
Within 2 years of new management by the Hostel Hub, it was making a profit and recorded the highest occupancy for a YHA hostel outside of London.
The story of ‘how’ was the subject of a seminar at the recent DTAS conference.
Hostel Hub wants to do it again – in Scotland. In order to prove that hostel-style accommodation can be highly profitable and a significant asset to the community it is in – and to gather data on the multiplier effect, business performance and impact on a community – Hostel Hub is proposing to run a community’s accommodation ourselves for two years as a pilot project / case study.
We will move (from Orkney) to live and work in the hostel for two years, train the local team to be able to take over and run it after we have got it up and running and trading successfully
We are also going to be doing Feasibility Studies and Option Appraisals for other communities with, or thinking of having, accommodation as one of their businesses.
Any community or social entrepreneur can have our help with their project, accommodation or broader development plans, consultancy and advice. But only one can get us living and working on their site for 2 years.
Who will employ us for 2 years and get all the benefits?
When we say ‘hostel’ this includes campsites, bunkhouses, hostels, lodges, caravan sites, chalets, hotels).