WHO WE ARE
The Finnish Hostel Association (Suomen Hostellijärjestö ry, former Suomen Retkeilymajajärjestö – SRM oy) is a non-profit organization for hostel operations that was established in 1935. The Finnish Hostel Association has today 42 member associations, consisting of Finnish youth-, student-, sports-, pensioners-, professional and tourism associations – status 2016. In addition, a private person can become a member of the Finnish Hostel Association through purchasing the national membership in Finland. Furthermore a private person, who purchases the international membership (HI card) in Finland, will automatically also join the Finnish Hostel Association as individual member.
From its Helsinki based office the Finnish Hostel Association maintains and develops on behalf of their member associations the hostel network in Finland, which provides in particular comfortable, cosy and affordable accommodation in Finland for more than two million Finnish members. In addition the Finnish Hostel Association collaborates with Hostelling International (HI) network to offer their members benefits in nearly 90 countries worldwide and 4.000 hostels, as well as to market the Finnish hostel network to international clients.
In Finland hostels don’t operate only as separate accommodation properties, but also in connection with tourist centres and farms as well as student apartments in summer. Hostels maintain various companies and organizations, such as self-employed entrepreneurs and family companies, associations, foundations, educational institutions, student organizations and municipalities.
The highest decision-makers of the Finnish Hostel Association meet twice a year (in spring and fall) with the council of representatives, in which each member association has a representative. Member associations elect their representatives for two years at a time. The board of directors, elected by the council of representative (1+8 members), is the executive body of practice.
Board of Directors
President: Sari Murtomäki-Eskelinen, Laivahostel Borea
Vice-Presidents: Anna Vunneli, HYY Group (Hostel Domus Academica) | Pasi Ylitalo, The Finnish Officers' Union (Palkansaajien hyvinvointi ja terveys PHT)
Other members: Nina Niemi, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences | Siiri Kihlström, The Guides and Scouts of Finland (Suomen Partiolaiset) | Harri Leivo, The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities (Invalidiliitto) | Maija Seitz, Touring Finlandia Motorclub (TFMK) | Sami Säynevirta, The Finnish Nature League (Luonto-Liitto) | Ville Virkki, Dream Hostel Tampere
We maintain on behalf of the member associations the hostel network in Finland, which offers its members comfortable, social and affordable accommodations. The Finnish Hostel Association is in addition responsible for co-operation with the Hostelling International (HI) network to provide their members also benefits abroad as well as their international clients benefits in the network’s hostels in Finland.
Hostel accommodation is the member’s first choice during travelling and their wish for affordable, comfortable and social accommodation. The hostel network offers members a sufficiently comprehensive and high-quality accommodation all around Finland. The membership in the network is a productive and profitable value for hostels.
Sense of Community
- The Finnish Hostel Association and the hostels are part of the global Hostelling International (HI) network, which aims to create among people a better understanding and more social interaction as well as the exchange of experiences and offers new experiences both at home and abroad.
- Hostels form their own co-operation network.
- The hostel’s policies and facilities are designed in such way, that the realization of community is taken into account.
- Anyone can accommodate in the hostels, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, disability, nationality, etc. factors.
- Any person can become a member of the Hostel Association.
- The Hostel Association’s decision-making and reporting are open to the hostel, as well as to the member association’s directors.
- Hostel accommodation is affordable, because the hostel’s basic units contain a bed and the customer will only pay for the services he has selected.
- Becoming a member of the Hostel Association is affordable.
- Members stay in the network’s hostels always on lower costs.
- The international hostel card provides tourists more benefits.
- The membership in the hostel network is affordable to hostels.
- The Hostel Association undertakes to strengthen the accountability of environmental, human and economic points of view as part of the development activities.