Loft Hostel the first HI Quality & Sustainability certified hostel in the world


Since the Youth Hostelling movement originated over 100 years ago, the primary focus has been on sustainable tourism. 


However, back then, the term was not understood to the same extent as it is today, nor did it have a definition.  Looking back to 1932 when Hostelling International’s (HI) mission was created based on the founding principles of caring for the countryside, people and economies, by providing quality accommodation for all, it’s clear that sustainable tourism has always been a priority in development of Youth Hostels. 


In 2010, HI developed a document called the “HI Sustainability Charter”; that included all the minimum standards that our Member Associations, and therefore our hostels should hold to become a recognised sustainable tourism organization. It may sound simple but it is a really complicated challenge, especially with over 3,500 hostels worldwide.  


HI Q&S: A big step towards sustainability The HI Quality & Sustainability (HI Q&S) certification is a quality management system to be merged with our standards in sustainabilit and a tool to educate, implement, monitor and audit the standards in a hostel. 



The criteria includes 10 areas to work on:

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Sustainable Management System in place
Protection of Natural & Cultural Capital
The building
Water
Waste
Mobility
Staff
Communities
Food & Beverages
Fair profit

 

Last June (2014) in Loft Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland became the first ever HI Quality & Sustainability certified hostel after conducted a pilot audit and marked a historical milestone.


"One of the key success factors is that all the staff is passionate about sustainability and live up to our standards; whether you ask the Hostel Manager, the front desk staff or the maintenance staff, they all share the same commitment and motivation, and contribute to the improvement of the hostels.   This energy and dedication is coordinated and channelled by an enthusiastic Green Messenger Team and no less enthusiastic HI Iceland’s Sustainability & Quality Coordinator, Emilia Prodea." said HI Sustainability Manager, Brianda Lopez. "Before we officially launch the HI Q&S at the end of the year we will conduct other audits worldwide; in Canada, Scotland, Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, in order to ensure the criteria work for all our hostels and that the minimum requirements are properly met."


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   2014    

Sæberg HostelAkranes Hostel and Dalvik Hostel are successfully labelled  as Green Hostels.

       
   Swan logo 2013   Loft Hostel got certified by the Nordic Ecolabel, The Swan. The Swan is the official Ecolabel of the Nordic countries and stands for running a successful Environmental Quality System.
       

2013  

Gaulverjaskóli Hostel, Reyðarfjörður Hostel, Vagnsstaðir Hostel and Vík Hostel were successfully labelled  as Green Hostels.


A picture of the HI Quality Logo 2011
  Akranes Hostel, Grundarfjörður Hostel and Bíldudalur hostel were successfully certified as HI Quality Hostels. This Certificate is an official recognition by Hostelling International, of excellence in provision of service and hospitality. 
       
kudungur 2010   The Reykjavík Hostels, Reykjavík City and Reykjavík Downtown, receive the environmental recognition of the Ministry for the Environment
       
Ferdaumhverfisverdlaun-2010-logo 2010   The Reykjavík Hostels, Reykjavík City and Reykjavík Downtown, receive the Icelandic Tourist Board Environmental Award 2010
       
 A picture of the HI Quality Logo 2010
  The Reykjavík Downtown Hostel was successfully certified as HI Quality Hostel. This Certificate is an official recognition by Hostelling International, of excellence in provision of service and hospitality.
       
A picture of the Swan Logo for Reykjavík Downtown hostel 2010 
  
Reykjavik Downtown Hostel got certificated by the Nordic Ecolabel, The Swan. The Swan is the official Ecolabel of the Nordic countries and stands for running a successful Environmental Quality System.




 
A picture of the HI Quality Logo
 2005
The Reykjavík City Hostel was successfully certified as HI Quality Hostel.  Reykjavik City Hostel became one of the first 12 Hostels around the World to receive this certification of Quality.




 A picture of the Swan Logo for Reykjavík City Hostel  2004
Reykjavik City Hostel got certificated by the Nordic Ecolabel, The Swan




  A picture of the logo from the Icelandic tourist board  2003
HI Iceland receives the Icelandic Tourist Board Environmental Award 2003
       
   2002
Reykjavík City Hostel received the yearly City of Reykjavík Environmental Award for its contribution to environmental program.

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