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Hostelworld thoughts on the proposed NYC hostel bill

11 March 2015
11 Mar 2015 -

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about youth hostels in New York City. As one of the worlds largest and most iconic destinations, the lack of a strong hostel presence offering affordable accommodation to the youth traveller has been seen by many as a real blight on the city’s tourism strategy.Hostelworld-home-screen-290x290

Along with the WYSE Travel Confederation, STAY WYSE has previously been part of a bigger industry cohort trying to address the situation, joining with others in the marketplace to issue a statement about the NYC Draft City Hostel bill back in 2013. Earlier this week STAY WYSE shared the news that New York City Council was going to introduce a bill that would see youth hostels return to the Big Apple.

Hostelworld has been heavily involved in the process of ensuring proper legislation for hostels, and here’s what they had to say about the proposed bill in a press release issued this week:

New York Hostel Legislation Announcement –Hostelworld continues to support the initiative

Hostelworld is greatly encouraged to note the release of a draft bill that proposes amendments to the New York City charter and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to authorizing the construction and regulation of licensed hostels. The prime sponsor of this bill is City Councilman Mr. Mark Weprin. A copy of the document can be found on http://council.nyc.gov

Having reviewed the draft legislation, it is apparent that there remain aspects of this new bill that are unworkable from a hostel operator’s perspective and will require review and amendment as the bill makes its way through the New York legislative process. Nevertheless, Hostelworld sees the introduction of the bill as a positive step along the path toward providing a framework for hostel licensing in New York City.

We will continue to represent the interests of the hostel industry in New York by inputting into the legislative process. To this end, we will be meeting with Mr Weprin and other council members, city officials, fire department and other local stakeholders. In particular, we will be focussed on the proposed space requirements for hostel dorms to ensure that the final bill will provide a framework that is economically viable for operators while also addressing the requirements of the city. This remains a great opportunity to get hostels recognised in the city and make New York a top hostel destination.