We stand united in the challenges the travel industry faces, and yet we’ve seen so many of you do incredible things. For this year’s HOSCARs we want to celebrate the outstanding hostels that have made their mark on the world in extraordinary ways, despite of, and in some cases because of the difficulties the world is in.
We know that you’re out there, adapting and evolving, making travellers’ stays as safe as can be. You’re introducing new ways to ensure backpackers can stay social (even from a distance!), and so many of you have gone above and beyond to support your local communities. Throughout all the chaos, you’ve been making changes to help build a better world, and we want to celebrate YOU.
We know that social experiences are at the heart of all great hostels. It’s where travellers make meaningful connections and form life-long friends. 2020 has made these experiences challenging to host, with distancing guidelines, masks, and rules that vary from country to country.
The EXTRAORDINARY Sociable Experience award will recognise the hostel that has given everything to ensure that their guests are still able to safely interact. We want to hear the creative ways in which you’ve adapted social events and made them work in this new world - be it through new activities, social events, entertainment, use of technology, or anything we haven’t thought of.
The EXTRAORDINARY Community & Social Impact award will reward a hostel that has made a significantly positive impact in its local community or wider society. We want to hear from hostels that have launched volunteering projects, charitable work, fundraising events, and anything that’s helping to make our world a better place.
We want to hear as much detail as possible about how you’re making a difference. This award is open to all hostels that have made a clear and constructive effort to drive local or global change, and anything in between. We want to recognise the work of hostel staff all around the world who are committed to making a positive difference.
The EXTRAORDINARY Sustainable Hostel award not only recognises the importance of protecting the environment but also participates in eco-friendly projects and practices. This award acknowledges hostels that promote, inspire, and encourage their customers and staff to adopt a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle.
Examples could include, but are not limited to, community-based eco-tours, carbon-neutral activities, eco-friendly lodging/facilities, and new sustainable initiatives. Your entry will be judged on the information you share in your submission, so please include a clear explanation of your hostels sustainable practices and the impact/results they’ve had so far. This award recognises commitment, inspiration and exemplary measures that help to protect our planet.
The EXTRAORDINARY Inclusive Hostel award will recognise a hostel that has gone to incredible lengths to create an environment where everyone feels included and accepted. Hostels are known to be welcoming places, but we want to find one that has truly celebrated individuality and diversity. The world isn’t yet equal and the travel sector has a long way to go to make sure we’re encouraging and supporting all kinds of travellers on their journeys. We want to hear about the policies, structural changes, events, hiring processes and initiatives that make your hostel a truly inclusive place to be.
This award is open to hostels that have enabled a more equal and accepting world, across dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. These changes must have taken place within 2020 and although the hostel’s focus may be on a specific sector of society, the hostel must be inclusive to all.
Simply making it through 2020 is worthy of an award, but if you’ve had the added complexity of building a new business, we feel you deserve a special shout out. The EXTRAORDINARY New Hostel award will celebrate the inspiring stories from the newest properties to join our global hostel family at a time when the backpacking world pretty much came to a standstill.
We want to hear from hostels that opened any time from September 2019, six months before the world went into a global shutdown due to Covid-19. Tell us what it took to get through 2020 as a new business, how you overcame this challenge and any learnings that would help others in the same position.
If there’s one thing that 2020’s made us all realise, it’s that nothing is guaranteed, and survival often involves quick and creative thinking. The EXTRAORDINARY Innovation award, is for hostels that have pivoted their business models, launched brand new services, or have innovated in ways we haven’t even thought of. So, if you got those creative juices flowing and have turned your hand to something new to ensure your hostel thrives in these uncertain times, we want to hear what you’ve been up to.
You’re all hostel heroes in our eyes, and this award is extra special. Instead of nominating yourself for the 2020 EXTRAORDINARY Hostel Hero award, our panel of judges will sift through all the other award submissions and select the best. We know this one is going to be tricky to decide, as we’re already aware of some incredible activities from 2020, and we’re sure there’s so much more to discover. So, pick the award that best suits what you’ve been up to and you’ll automatically be summited as an entrant for this award.