HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL (HI) – CANADA LAUNCHES NEW MEMBERSHIP PRODUCT
Hostelling International-Canada is excited to launch a new membership product starting in February 2001. The new membership product offers a longer term and better value, plus it comes with an indispensable Membership Kit that will help you plan your trip of a lifetime!
“The new HI membership product represents a new direction for the association,” says Greg Brockmann, Director of Marketing for Hostelling International-Canada. “We’re going from knowing that we have a great product to showing that we have a great product through a longer term, terrific price and invaluable Membership Kit.”
Hostelling International-Canada has traditionally sold one and two year memberships. In an effort to simplify the sales process while creating more value for potential members, the association will now be selling one Individual Adult membership with a 28 to 16-month term, depending on when the membership is sold. This means a member can receive up to 28 months of membership for just $35!
This is a fantastic value considering the benefits that come with membership. Hostelling International is the largest budget accommodation network in the world and members receive preferred (member) rates at all 4,500 worldwide hostel locations, a savings of 15 to 25 per cent off the regular (non-member) rate. Members can also receive up to $10,000 in worldwide discounts – a great return on a $35 investment! Hostelling International has increased the value of its memberships by strategically partnering with services that cater to members like HI-Comm, a communication service designed for budget travellers. Finally, Hostelling International has created a Membership Kit that new members receive when they join the association. Full of indispensable travel information, the kit initiates new members to the world of budget travel.
Anyone planning on travelling the world (or their province) on a budget should purchase a Hostelling International membership. All HI-Canada hostels are equipped with self-service kitchens so guests can choose whether to cook their own meals or eat out. Some facilities even offer perks like on-site cafés and saunas. While each facility is unique, all ensure a friendly, safe and comfortable stay. Hostelling International hostels are inspected annually to ensure that guests have the highest quality accommodation experience.
HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL-CANADA WILL LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE IN SUMMER 2001
In response to a member survey, this summer Hostelling International-Canada will launch a new and improved website to better serve our members. Along with an updated look and more efficient design, the new site will feature the following exciting member services:
online hostel reservations – book Canadian hostels in advance from the comfort of your home!
information on all Canadian HI hostels – price, amenities, directions, transportation info. & more!
links to international HI hostels – find that perfect overseas hostel before you get there!
information on member discounts – all 2,500 travel-related discounts that will save you tons of money!
online member’s store – shop online for your HI membership, travel gear and more!
hostel activities – find out what’s going on at your destination hostel!
careers with HI – land that dream job with the largest budget accommodation network in the world!
HI internship programs
THE PROSPECTIVE LAUNCH DATE IS JUNE 15, 2001!
POPULAR TRAVEL SEMINAR PROVIDES USEFUL TIPS FOR PLANNING FOREIGN ADVENTURES
WINNIPEG – February 15, 2001- Experienced local travellers and travel industry representatives will share their expertise at Hostelling International’s semi-annual travel seminar on Sunday, February 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sport Manitoba Building, 200 Main Street.
“This seminar should not be missed by travellers of any age setting off on their first overseas or long term adventure, who are looking for information on trip planning, budget travel and what to expect while on the road,” said Kim Cushnie, Hostelling International Manitoba Region’s Executive Director. “The seminars are also useful for those who may have travelled this way in the past but want an update on current foreign travel. Surveys of those attending past seminars indicate high satisfaction with the information and topics we present.”
Seminar topics to be covered include: staying in Hostelling International hostels; getting the best deals on air tickets; what type of luggage to take, particularly backpacks; what and how to pack; necessary documentation; foreign currencies and how to carry / handle money; selecting travel guidebooks; travel safety tips; and keeping healthy, to name a few.
Participants will receive a specially-written 60-page Travel Planning Guide with additional information, as well as a goodie bag and chances in free draws for travel merchandise.
Most presenters are members of Hostelling International, who collectively have years of foreign and domestic travel experience. In addition, the seminar features industry experts from a travel agency that specializes in budget travel, a local photo equipment retailer and a local travel equipment outlet.
Those interested in attending the HI Travel Seminar can register in advance by February 23. Cost is $10 for HI members and $15 for non-members. Call Hostelling International at (204) 784-1131 or sign up in person at 194 Sherbrook Street weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Registration at the door is $12 and $18 respectively.
“We encourage people to register in advance to ensure spots are available,” Cushnie said.
“What the seminar provides will be of interest to those travelling independently, either solo or in pairs, and who will likely be away for longer periods.
With the value of the Canadian dollar currently more favourable compared to European currencies and the New Zealand and Australian dollars, travel is more affordable for Canadian budget travellers, and now is the ideal time to start planning an adventure.”
HI-Canada is part of Hostelling International, a non-profit Federation representing more than 60 national hostelling associations that operate more than 4,500 hostels worldwide. Its 4 million members spend more than 31 million nights in hostels every year. There’s no age limit to belong. HI’s mission is: “To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of people, places and cultures through hostelling.” The HI objective is to provide travellers with a good night’s sleep in friendly and comfortable surroundings at an affordable price.