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WYSE Travel Confederation supports youth travel accommodation providers with safe accommodation self-declaration
WYSE News | November 9, 2020

By definition, hostels are social spaces for budget-friendly accommodation and solo travellers keen to meet new friends and explore a destination. With Coronavirus sweeping across the globe, the typical hostel model has been challenged, and keeping guests and staff safe is now paramount.

To support accommodation providers that have introduced new procedures to ensure the wellbeing and peace of mind of guests and staff, WYSE Travel Confederation has created a COVID-19 safe accommodation self-declaration. This self-declaration allows individual and group property operators to declare that they adhere to local and national standards of operating, as well as to WYSE Travel Confederation’s standards of guest care. These standards focus on the following:

– Cleanliness, including regular disinfection of high touch surfaces, hand washing and deep cleaning of shared spaces
– Health protection of staff and guests, including installation of protective screens in reception areas
– Social distancing, ensuring that guests are aware of the social distancing guidelines of the property
– Contact-free transactions

Organisations around the world, ranging from Hostelling International to hostel groups including MEININGERSt Christopher’s InnsAbrahams and JO&JOE have already completed the declaration. Currently the declarations represent nearly 70,0000 beds around the world.

This declaration is open to any accommodation provider free of charge for 2020. For more information, please click here.


About WYSE Travel Confederation
The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry.

Founded in 2006 and created from the merger of the Federation of International Youth Travel organisations (FIYTO) and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) – both formed after World War II to inspire young people through international travel and to help remove cultural barriers – the confederation brings together 60 years of youth travel expertise.

Providing international travel experiences to over 100 million youth and students each year, WYSE Travel Confederation’s global community of over 600 members spans more than 120 countries from a diverse range of sectors.

From adventure tour operators to au pair agencies, cultural exchange programmes to language schools, hop-on-hop-off buses to student insurance and youth hostels to volunteer programmes, WYSE Travel Confederation is the world’s most powerful network of youth and student travel professionals, connecting key industry players with decision makers and government officials.
The Confederation is committed to understanding the ever-changing characteristics, motivations and needs of young travellers. By gathering, analysing and sharing important market intelligence with members, academics and government decision-makers, the unique fast-changing needs of the youth market is at the forefront of its activities as it seeks to accelerate the development of youth travel.

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