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Foreword

Financial Year 2021

Our life was again shaped to a large degree by the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. Ongoing international travel restrictions, periodic bans on school and group trips, mandatory working from home and other factors also continued to exercise a strong influence on the Swiss Youth Hostel business.

Dear Readers,

Dear Readers,

Thanks to the ongoing extraordinary commitment of all employees, the honorary Executive Board members, the continued understanding of many partners and economic aid from the Swiss Confederation and cantons, 2021 was also managed correspondingly well under the circumstances.

Rapperswil-Jona Youth Hostel

Rapperswil-Jona Youth Hostel

In 2021, the network of the Swiss Youth Hostels consisted of 45 own and 5 franchise hostels. We accommodated 270,070 guests from 147 countries in our own hostels. The share of Swiss guests rose again to 87.8% (previous year 86.1%). Overnight stays increased to 565,433, an increase of 16.6% over 2020. The decline compared to 2019, however, remained high at 23.2%. 

In the reporting year, the two hostels Schaan-Vaduz and Rapperswil-Jona reopened following construction and renovation work. Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel reopened on 1 April 2021 after a construction period of just under 18 months. The youth hostel was constructed according to the highest sustainability standards and corresponds to modern guest requirements. It exhibits an aesthetic and natural interior design and sets a new highlight for the two municipalities of Schaan and Vaduz.

Rapperswil-Jona Youth Hostel was reopened with a modern look on 30 April 2021 after a six-month renovation phase. The rooms and public areas have undergone rejuvenation. The youth hostel offers attractively priced accommodation directly by Lake Zurich, equally ideal for families and couples as well as sports groups. The new catering offering in both youth hostels with attractive menus, 24-hour self-service kiosk, snacks, as well as cold and hot drinks ensures that our guests feel well looked after and cared for, around the clock. Both hostels enjoyed very good demand in their first season. 

Burgdorf Castle Youth Hostel

Burgdorf Castle Youth Hostel

Klosters Youth Hostel was closed at the end of the 2020/21 winter season. The property was put up for sale by the Municipality of Wallisellen, who is the owner. Zofingen Youth Hostel also had to close its doors after 35 years. The owner, the City of Zofingen, wants to use the property for other purposes as part of its new real estate strategy.

Burgdorf Castle Youth Hostel was awarded the special award “Historic Hotel of the Year 2022” on 22 November 2021 by ICOMOS Suisse, the Swiss national group of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. This award is for accommodation facilities that emphatically meet the exacting demands of the council in terms of monument preservation and restoration. In addition to the ICOMOS Special Award, Burgdorf Castle and its youth hostel were also honoured with the Atuprix Audience Award, the award for Bernese architectural culture, at the end of October 2021. The Atuprix is awarded every three years for exemplary contemporary and interdisciplinary works and planning in the Canton of Bern.

The Pontresina and Zurich youth hostels were awarded the “Best of ibex fairstay 2021” prize. Zurich Youth Hostel again showed in 2020, with its particular challenges, that peak performance can be achieved in a city hostel and was awarded the prize for the highest number of points. Pontresina Youth Hostel received the award for the best performance with a regional connection.

St. Moritz Youth Hostel

St. Moritz Youth Hostel

Reporting is once again mainly in a digital format this year. A short print version provides a quick overview of important key data from reporting year 2021 and refers interested parties to the detailed digital reporting. It offers interesting insights from the past business year and also offers an outlook to the challenging future.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our employees, the honorary Executive Board members, the Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism, our members and benefactors as well as our partners for their wonderful support.

End of April 2022

Frank Reutlinger
President

Janine Bunte
CEO