Submitted By Jim Coppens
Posted by HI volunteer Tim Caldwell
The press release below commemorates the opening of the Richmond hostel.
Richmond’s First Hostel Invites You To Grand Opening
Mayor Dwight Jones to Cut the Ribbon
Richmond, VA, Sept 1, 2015: Join Hostelling International USA (HI USA) on September 10, at 1:30 p.m., for a Grand Opening celebration for HI Richmond. Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, HI USA Board Chair Glenn Azuma and other distinguished guests will commemorate the hostel opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception. HI USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes a genuine understanding of people, places and cultures for a more tolerant world. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the building and learn about the community outreach programs HI Richmond will offer.
The hostel is expected to host over 10,000 visitors in Richmond annually and is projected to add $3.8 million to Richmond’s economy. Richmond is now on the list of other major East Coast cities–Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC–with a HI USA hostel. HI USA has a network of more than 50 hostels nationwide.
HI Richmond is a 58-bed hostel located in the former Otis Elevator building in downtown Richmond. The hostel will provide international travelers and local community members with travel-based experiences, educational programs and cross-cultural engagement opportunities year-round. For overnight guests, HI Richmond offers amenities including free breakfast, free wi-fi, 24-hour reception, on-site bicycle storage, laundry facilities and several shared spaces including a kitchen, common room and outdoor, covered patio.
“We’re excited to offer travelers from both the U.S. and abroad the opportunity to explore this unique destination and connect with the surrounding community,” says HI USA CEO Russ Hedge. “Our staff is eager to share their local knowledge, inside secrets and personal recommendations to help guests fall in love with this city the way they have.”
Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is 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. HI USA promotes a dynamic community of global citizens who have the wisdom and humanity to actively make the world a better place. As the nation’s leading hostel brand, HI USA hosts more than 1 million overnights annually, with guests from more than 100 countries. For over 80 years, HI USA has provided a network of affordable hostels in converted mansions, reinvented lighthouses, and historic urban buildings all across the country. Visit www.hiusa.org for more information.