Show Your Support for the Austin Hostel

The HI-Austin hostel has a 20+ year record of serving travelers with an engaging place to stay and community members with appealing activities and programs.  We are looking forward to another ten years in Austin, but need your help.

The Austin hostel is a partnership with the City (like in many other communities).  The building is located in a city park on scenic Lady Bird Lake.  Over the years, about a quarter of a million overnights have been hosted in the 47-bed hostel.  However, the current agreement with the City of Austin to use the building is about to expire, and we are in the final stages of trying to renew it.

I flew down to Austin in early March to be part of the City Council meeting when the renewal was being discussed.  It was heartening to feel the support from many Council members.  And it was inspiring to see talented volunteers working behind the scenes to preserve the hostel.  (More on that in a future blog post!)

The City Council decided at its March meeting that, before making a final decision, an administrative hearing should first be held on the continued use of the building as a hostel.  Our local volunteers are now gearing up for that hearing, to be held on Monday, April 5.

It’s important that from far and near, we show our wide support.

Here’s how you can help.

Register your support by signing your name on this on-line form.  Local volunteers are aiming to present a lengthy list of supporters to the City Council before the hearing.

In addition to listing your name, you’ll have the opportunity to share in your own words why you are a supporter.  Grab it!  Let the City Council know why you believe hostels are special.

Help save the Austin hostel.  Show your support today.

By | 2018-04-19T19:11:55+00:00 March 22nd, 2012|Our Community|11 Comments

About the Author:

Since 2000, Russ has been the CEO of Hostelling International USA (HI USA), a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. The HI USA hostel network is consistently recognized as one of the best in world by the International Youth Hostel Federation and by independent rating agencies. Russ has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences on topics ranging from experiential education to nonprofit management. Russ serves on the Boards of the UNWTO, US Travel Association, and WYSTC.

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