mercalia wrote:Atleast he has confirmed what many here have gathered, it is the large groups ( funded by charities or local authorities ) that is their main market now - clearly thinking they can squeeze lots of dosh from them as it will be the local council or central govt that will cough up? I wonder how long its charitable status is warranted?
An alternative view would be that the majority of these groups are children and young people and prioritising them is closer to the original aims than looking after the usually rather older cycle tourist or other independent traveller.
The YHA has over the last decade lost a lot of it's appeal to me, I miss the simplicity, the closure of many of my favourite small hostels, can't find availability where and when I want it and it's often not the most economical option. But with my head rather than heart, I know those hostels I shared with just a couple of other visitors couldn't continue and if something hadn't been done the organisation wouldn't have survived much longer.