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YHA YHA's Investment plans for 2013
    25/04/2013 03:45

YHA's Investment plans for 2013

YHA has announced our investment plans for 2013.

YHA is investing in Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales that will help the organisation fulfil its vision of enhancing the lives of all young people.

The Board of Trustees has considered the financial investment in the network carefully and is confident that the plans will ensure a new generation of young people will be introduced to the benefits of staying with YHA and that our members and customers will have an improved experience.

Investment has been taking place during the winter and will continue throughout the year.

YHA has already spent £16.7 million during the last three years on significant improvements to our accommodation to meet the expectations of our many types of Youth Hostel user.

As a result of the investment planning a number of Youth Hostels will be sold. Decisions regarding the sale of Youth Hostels are never easy and the Board of Trustees has explored options in relation to individual sites before reaching their decision. Affected staff have been informed and YHA is working closely with them during a consultation period.

The proposal to place these hostels on the market is no reflection on the managers and their teams who in very difficult economic conditions have maintained an excellent service to our customers. It is the genuine desire of YHA to seek to redeploy staff to other locations in accordance with the agreed recruitment and selection process.

The Youth Hostels that are affected will remain open until at least the end of September 2013 and we look forward to welcoming guests at these sites this summer.

YHA’s investment plans include:

In the South West, investment will be made in YHA Pinkery, where YHA is working with the Exmoor National Park to establish a new environmental state-of-the-art Youth Hostel. YHA has also recently invested in YHA Coverack and YHA Penzance in this region. As part of the plans YHA Golant will be sold.

In the South East, A new Youth Hostel, YHA South Downs opened this month a flagship development in the recently designated South Downs National Park. The site is an excellent resource for schools and groups in the area.

In the East of England, investment in YHA Cambridge will ensure that our site in this important University town is totally refurbished and modernised.

In the Heart of England, the investment and opening of YHA Castleton Losehill Hall has provided access the Peak District for many more visitors and YHA will be investing in YHA Edale to open up innovative business opportunities. YHA has also recently invested in YHA Wilderhope and YHA Stratford in this region. As part of the plans YHA Gradbach will be sold.

In Yorkshire, significant investment in YHA York means that visitors who use York as a gateway to Yorkshire and to explore the city have completely redeveloped facilities. YHA Malham has also been completely refurbished. YHA has also recently made significant investment in YHA Grinton. As part of the plans YHA Ingleton will be sold.

In the North West, more than £2 million has been invested in the redevelopment of YHA Ambleside and YHA Blacksail will be refurbished in the autumn. These two iconic Youth Hostels will ensure guests get the most from a stay with YHA in the Lake District. As part of the plans YHA Elterwater and YHA Arnside will be sold.

In the North East, YHA’s work with Northumberland National Park’s The Sill project will see YHA Once Brewed completely modernised and redeveloped and become part of the new visitor centre in the National Park.

In Wales, investment in YHA Pen-y-Pass will give our guests an outstanding experience in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, whilst YHA continues to work closely with partners and decision makers to find an appropriate new site in Cardiff. As part of the plans YHA Borth will be sold

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