Hostel network, international contacts,
representatives’ and the board of directors’ contact, finance and administration

Sanni Viirto
CEO
+358 (0) 45 156 2152

Marketing and communications to member associations and private members

Sinikka Komu
marketing- and communications coordinator
+358 (0) 45 7733 2947

Hostel services, membership matters, membership benefits

Maarit Kokko
Service coordinator
+358 (0) 45 7733 2944

E-mails:
firstname.lastname@hihostels.fi

Address:
Finnish Hostel Association
Yrjönkatu 38 B 15
00100 Helsinki

 

The Finnish Hostel Association 


Who we are

The Finnish Hostel Association (Suomen Hostellijärjestö ry, former Suomen Retkeilymajajärjestö – SRM ry) is a non-profit organization for hostel operations that was established in 1935. The Finnish Hostel Association has 30 member associations, consisting of Finnish youth-, student-, sports-, pensioners-, professional and tourism associations.

A private person can also become a member of the Finnish Hostel Association by purchasing the national membership in Finland. Furthermore, a private person, who purchases the international membership (HI membership card) in Finland, will automatically join the Finnish Hostel Association as an individual member.

From its Helsinki based office, the Finnish Hostel Association maintains and develops the hostel network in Finland on behalf of their member associations. The member associations offer comfortable, cozy and affordable accommodation for about 2 million Finnish members. In Finland, hostels do not only operate as separate accommodation properties but also in connection with tourist centers, farms and student apartments. Various companies and organizations, such as self-employed entrepreneurs and family companies, associations, foundations, educational institutions, student organizations, and municipalities, maintain hostels. 

The Finnish Hostel Association is part of the global network Hostelling International (HI). Located in some of the world’s most inspiring locations, the Hostelling International network offers 3 500 unique hostels in 90 countries worldwide. All HI-hostels meet assured standards, which guarantee a range of good quality safe accommodation, in friendly surroundings at affordable prices. Within the network you will find a range of interesting places to stay, from medieval castles to modern eco-hostels, log cabin ski lodges and there’s even a hostel in a jumbo jet! Some are small and intimate with private rooms, others are vibrant, buzzing places where you can meet fellow travelers from around the world.

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Organization 

The highest decision-makers of the Finnish Hostel Association meet twice a year (spring and fall) with the council of representatives. In the meetings, 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 representatives (1+8 members), is the executive body of practice.

 

Board of Directors 2020 

President:
Marjaana Salomaa, Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu

Vice-presidents:
Anna-Liisa Aarti, Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu
Pasi Ylitalo, Palkansaajien hyvinvointi ja terveys PHT

Other members:
Sari Murtomäki-Eskelinen, Laivahostel S/S Bore, Antti Perälä, Suomen Linja-autohistoriallinen Seura, Eija Pietilä, Suomen Nuorisokeskusyhdistys, Hannu Puhalainen, Työväen Retkeilyliitto, Maija Seitz, Touring Finlandia Moottorikerho and Ville Virkki, Dream Hostel & Hotel

 

Mission

We maintain the hostel network in Finland on behalf of our member associations. The hostel network offers its members comfortable, social and affordable accommodations. The Finnish Hostel Association is also responsible for co-operation with Hostelling International (HI) network to provide benefits for their members abroad. Likewise, the benefits in Finland are offered to the HI-network’s international clients as well.

Vision

Hostel accommodation is the member’s first choice during traveling and meets 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 gives productive and profitable value for hostels.

Values

Sense of Community
    • The Finnish Hostel Association and the hostels are part of the global Hostelling International (HI) network, which aims to create a better understanding and more social interaction among people. 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 a way, that the realization of community is taken into account.
Openness
    • Anyone can accommodate in the hostels, regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, disability, nationality, etc. factors.
    • Any person can become a member of the Finnish Hostel Association.
    • The Finnish Hostel Association’s decision-making and reporting are open to the hostel, as well as to the member association’s directors.
Affordability
    • Hostel accommodation is affordable, because the hostel’s basic units contain a bed and the customer will only pay for the services they have selected.
    • Becoming a member of the Finnish Hostel Association is affordable.
    • Members stay in the network’s hostels always on lower costs.
    • The international hostel card provides tourists more benefits.
    • Being part of the network is affordable and value generating to hostels.
Responsibility
    • The Finnish Hostel Association undertakes to strengthen the accountability of environmental, human and economic points of view as part of the development activities.
Environmental responsibility
    • Hostels in the network can join Hostelling International’s HI-Quality or HI-Quality & Sustainability management system.
    • The Finnish Hostel Association and The Finnish Nature League have in cooperation developed an eco-criteria for hostels. The Eco-criteria encourages domestic travel and ensures that the hostel is operating environmentally friendly.
    • Hostels offer the freedom to choose the services and amenities that you need, and therefore they are naturally a more ecological accommodation option.
    • The Hostels in Finland brochure is printed on Swan labelled and PEFC certified paper.
    • Office waste is sorted and recycled.
    • We use environmentally friendly detergents for cleaning.
    • We use eco-labelled copy paper.
    • The electricity we use is generated by Porvoon Energia, and is 100% renewable and CO2-free.
    • We always consider responsibility aspects in our new acquitions.
    • We communicate to our customers about our green choices and encourage them for responsible choices.
    • We annually attend WWF Earth Hour. In 2019 we also took part in the Fair Trade Coffee Break.
Socio-cultural responsibility
    • The Finnish Hostel Association and the hostels are part of the global Hostelling International (HI) network, which aims to create a better understanding and more social interaction among people. As well as the exchange of experiences and offers new experiences both at home and abroad.
    • Anyone can accommodate in the hostels, regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, disability, nationality, etc. factors. Hostels are safe and social places. We ensure that the standards are met by maintaining quality standards that have been developed by Hostelling International.
    • Many hostels in Finland are family-run or offer youth services, and by staying there you can support the same ideology.
    • We emphasize domestic travel in our marketing.
    • We provide member benefits from local operators.
    • We are a supportive member of the Fair Travel Association (Reilun Matkailun yhdistys)
    • We annually take part in Hostelling International’s Sleep for Peace campaign.
Financial responsibility
    • The Finnish Hostel Association’s decision making and reporting is open to hostels and member associations.
    • Being part of the network is affordable and value generating for hostels.
    • We are ready to renew our services and products so that they will continue to be in demand in the future. Stable finance and ethical business are the foundation for sustainable operations.
    • Income from domestic travel and hostel accommodation stays in the local area for the benefit of local communities and individuals.