Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland join forces with STAY WYSE

independent_holiday_hostelsThe Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland and STAY WYSE have teamed up to provide all seventy-four members of The Independent Holiday Hostel of Ireland membership of STAY WYSE.

The seventy-four members of The Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland will receive access to all STAY WYSE member benefits such as research, publications, discounts and benchmarking.

The partnership between IHH and STAY WYSE will look to increase the visibility youth travel accommodation in Ireland; cooperate with relevant tourist and political organisations, implementing common concerns through strong lobbying, promotion of youth and low budget tourism in Ireland and abroad and provide a strong booking platform for Ireland as a whole.

STAY WYSE and Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland will work together to collect consumer and business data on the Irish sector; to provide the members of Independent Holiday Hostels with business intelligence and support with/by lobbying their national government and local councils.

Shaun Mc Closkey, Chairman of the Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland, said “As a cooperative marketing group we are delighted to be teaming up with STAY WYSE. Together we will be able to increase research on Ireland’s Holiday Hostel Industry and enhance the representation of our hostels as a whole.”

WYSE Travel Confederation Director General, David Chapman, echoed Mr Mc Closkey’s comments. “During our recent meeting in Dublin with Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport it was clear just how important data is for the lobbying efforts. STAY WYSE research helped show the value of the youth travel sector. With more research data being collected now in partnership with IHH, we can all work together to better represent this significant sector of international tourism in Ireland.”


Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland (IHH) was founded in the early 1990s to establish a quality standard for independent hostels in Ireland. Every hostel in the organisation is approved by the Irish Tourist Board, either by Fáilte Ireland or the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and each hostel is equipped with a kitchen/common room, linen/bedding, and hot showers. IHH hostels strive to provide a high level of customer care, cleanliness and courtesy to ensure your comfort and enjoyment.

STAY WYSE (Safe Travel Accommodation for Youth) is the only global forum and trade association for organisations involved in youth travel accommodation.   By bringing together the diverse segments of this significant billion dollar industry, STAY WYSE provides much needed support and representation for one of the travel industry’s fastest growing niche markets.

WYSE Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation committed to promoting and developing opportunities for youth and student educational travel. WYSE Travel Confederation through its Sector Associations endeavours to provide services and support for all aspects of youth and student travel. Every year the Confederation’s leading event WYSTC brings together the world’s most powerful network of young and student travel professionals, connecting key industry representatives with decision makers and governmental officials. WYSE Travel Confederation is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.