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GO Outdoors opens first superstore in Nottingham in time for Christmas

Britain’s best-loved outdoor retailer is extremely excited to announce the opening of its first superstore in Nottingham on Saturday 5th November.

The store will be the 58th store GO Outdoors have opened in the UK. Nottingham residents will have 35,000sq.ft, the equivalent to five tennis courts, spread over two floors, to browse the wide range of products sold at GO Outdoors. A cycling department will be located on the first floor and will include a huge range of bikes, including GO Outdoors own award winning Calibre bike range.

YHA - Investing in the future

YHA‘s investment in our Youth Hostels, throughout England and Wales, will help the organisation fulfil our vision of enhancing the lives of all young people.

During the last three years, sustained growth in occupancy, yield and income has enabled YHA to invest £30 million in our Youth Hostels to ensure we have accommodation in the right places, and our properties are maintained to appropriate standards which meet our guests’ expectations.

YHA AGM 2016 - CEO Caroline White

YHA AGM 2016 - CEO Caroline White

Probably the most pressured speech I give is the one at the AGM where not only is there an expectation that it should be better than the previous year but also it has to hit the right note. No room for getting it wrong then or having a bad day!

59 YHA Hostels earn 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

59 YHA Hostels earn 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

YHA are proud to announce that 59 of our hostels received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence this year – even better than the 37 we received last year! Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

Investment at YHA in 2016

Investment at YHA in 2016

Over the last 6 years, YHA has invested over £30million in our network of hostels in both rural and urban locations. During this period, we have seen our occupancy rates rise from 50% to over 60%, overnight stays move from 1.7 to 1.8million and our income increase from £39.4million to £46.0million.

YHA Achieves Investors in People Gold

YHA Achieves Investors in People Gold

Following our Investors in People (IIP) assessment in November 2015, we can confirm that YHA continues to be accredited as an Investors in People organisation at Gold level. This prestigious accreditation is recognised across the world as a mark of excellence.

To put this into context, to achieve the Standard IIP you need to meet 39 separate evidence requirements - we met a whopping 180! This recognises the commitment YHA people have to go the extra mile for our teams.

5 YHA Hostels win Simply The Guest Awards

5 YHA Hostels win Simply The Guest Awards

YHA Cardiff Central, YHA Ilam Hall, YHA Liverpool, YHA Whitby and YHA York have all been honoured in the LateRooms.com Simply the Guest Awards 2016 by achieving the prestigious Top Rated status! This highly prized status rewards only the very best properties globally, highlighting exceptional hotel standards and service.

The Transformation of YHA Boggle Hole's Annex

The Transformation of YHA Boggle Hole's Annex

YHA Boggle Hole is one of our best-loved hostels and it now boasts a fantastic new annex – aptly named ‘The Crow’s Nest’. With pirate-themed decor, stories of Yorkshire smugglers and a beach literally on the doorstep, this Youth Hostel is legendary in our network. The hostel is set in a secluded woodland cove and boasts a sea view café, woodburning stove and dozens of quirky touches to make it special.

Simon Poote awarded Best LOtC Innovator

Simon Poote awarded Best LOtC Innovator

Simon Poote has been awarded the prize for Best LOtC Innovator at a ceremony at Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre on 26th November. The award recognises his exciting and innovative work in learning outside the classroom (LOtC).

YHA double win at the British Youth Travel Awards

YHA double win at the British Youth Travel Awards

It’s been a fantastic end to a fantastic year at YHA. Last week we left the British Youth Travel Awards clutching not one, but two awards. We fought off stiff competition to win Best Accommodation for YHA Cardiff Central and bagged the Outstanding Achievement award too.

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