Backpacker businesses decimated

Backpacking and hostels go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that the hostel community has also been hit hard by the absence of backpackers during the pandemic.

While safety measures vary from destination to destination, most have had to tighten up safety measures by installing acrylic glass at check-in desks and hand sanitizer units. They operate at a reduced capacity to ensure travelers can keep a safe distance from each other.

However, creating extra space won’t be an issue for the vast majority, who’ve been struggling to fill beds.

The Youth Hostel Association, an international non-profit organization with over 150 properties, celebrated its 90th year in 2020, but the last 12 months have proven to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Its CEO said, “For the year to date, we’re around 75% down on our income. That’s a loss of around 41 million dollars turnover for us. We normally have an annual turnover of around 75 million dollars.”

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