In essence, a Hostel is a form of accommodation that is the letting of single beds. These beds, or bunks, can be in bedrooms or dormitory rooms, with shared or en suite bathroom facilities. Hostels all have common kitchens, lounges and laundry facilities. Because of these common facilities, visitors tend to interact with each other more than in other forms of accommodation.
Basic Guide to starting a Hostel Accommodation Business
Operating a Hostel business can be a very positive experience. Aside from the financial benefits which can be derived from running a Hostel property, many owners also enjoy the social aspect of the business, including the opportunity to welcome guests from all over the world.
It is not just young people who stay in Hostels, but people from all walks of life and every corner of the world. Hostels provide a great way to meet new people and experience new things which is why they appeal to such a diverse range.
More frequently, Hostels also receive people who are looking for a quick, inexpensive place to stay without the cost or formality of other types of accommodation.
What is a Hostel?
What is Certification and why is it required?
Tourism legislation requires all tourism/visitor accommodation to hold a current Tourism Northern Ireland (NI) certificate. This involves a visit to the property from a member of Tourism NI’s certification team, who will inspect the property to ensure it meets certification requirements. Under current legislation, a statutory (legal) inspection of the premises is undertaken every four years and a certificate issued by Tourism NI, following this inspection, is valid for four years.
How do I apply?
Applications can be submitted online at https://forms.tourismni.com/Forms/, accompanied by a fee. At the time of printing, £2.00 is payable for every bed-space you intend to let, subject to a minimum fee of £70 and a maximum of £175. Payment and application can also be made by post by downloading and completing the application form here.
You can also request an application pack by contacting the Quality & Standards team by email to email@example.com or telephone 028 90 441545. When a completed application form and fee are received, a member of Tourism NI’s inspection team will contact you to arrange a suitable time and date for the visit.
Minimum and Recommended Criteria
The requirements and recommendations set out here are intended for guidance; they are not comprehensive. During an inspection you will be advised on matters specific to your property, however, inspections do not cover all aspects of tourist accommodation; it is the responsibility of all certified operators/owners to make every reasonable effort to ensure that visitors enjoy a safe and secure stay.
As part of your duty of care to visitors, you should remain vigilant of the potential risk to visitors and of how you describe your premises in marketing and promotion.