Youth hostel to close by year-end (26 May 2010)
SCARBOROUGH'S youth hostel is set to close with the loss of two full-time jobs.
The hostel, which is off Burniston Road, just past the bridge over Scalby beck, will be one of eight across the country to shut by the end of the year.
Caroline White, chief executive of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA), said: "Scarborough was chosen because when we looked at the amounts we would need to spend, even allowing for significant increases in the numbers of people staying and cost savings, the site would still make a significant loss.
"We estimate that even with an investment of £350,000 the hostel will continue to make a loss for YHA.
The hostel opened in 1935 and last year had 5,500 overnight stays. However its occupancy rate of 51 per cent compares poorly with 80 to 90 per cent at the association's best performing sites.
Two new youth hostels are expected to open next year, at Southease, Sussex, and at Berwick on Tweed, Northumberland.
Looks like a "holiday resort" and there are no other hostels in the town. Has anyone been to Scarborough?
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