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The non-profit youth hostelling association Hostelling International was established in 1931 in Flanders and 1933 in the Wallonia-Brussels. In line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it aims to promote social tourism, cultural tourism and travel for young people, and to play a role in developing the potential of young people, thereby contributing towards their education and responsible citizenship in a humanist spirit.
To this end, the association aims in particular:
to undertake all these actions adopting an approach characterised by sustainable development and respect for the environment.
to make the Belgian and worldwide youth hostel network known to young people using appropriate means;
to create and maintain in its hostels a friendly atmosphere among all the guests who will be welcomed there without distinction as to age, colour, religion, nationality, language, sex or opinion;
to involve local young people in the activities of these hostels;
to create, run and lead a network of Youth Hostels, centres for meetings and accommodation;
Hostelling International in Belgium is a member of:
Hostelling International (HI), the worldwide youth hostel network which has over 4,000 establishments in 90 countries ;
the International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO);
the Belgian Confédération des Organisations de Jeunesse Indépendantes et Pluralistes (COJ).
Hostelling International and its youth hostels have been awarded the following certificates and labels:
HI-Q, official quality certificate of Hostelling International (HI) ;
Wallonie Destination Qualité, Walloon label awarded to tourist establishments that perform well in terms of quality of service, quality of management and overall quality management system;
The Green Key, European ecolabel awarded to high-performance tourist establishments for sustainable development.