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Citizens of any European Union member country can now enter Croatia using only an ID card

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Hostelling International wins Best Hostels award
Hostelling International has been awarded ‘Best Hostels’ at the first ever UK Golden Backpack Awards, presented by TNT Magazine.

We are not surprised, but very happy says Mikael Hansson, CEO of Hostelling International.

The UK Golden Backpack Awards

Voted by TNT readers via live and online campaigns, the accolades recognized tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure, backpacking and youth travel market. It was the first time the Golden Back Pack Awards have been held in the UK – having been a huge success in Australia.

Tom Hall, from the Lonely Planet, who was presenting the awards, cited HI as the clear winner out of the nearest competition (Generator Hostels, Plus Hostels and Smart City Hostels).

Hostelling International - best hostels award

More information

Additional information as well as high resolution photos are available by request. Please contact Pal Anders Sveen, HI Head of Communications & PR, on pasveen@hihostels.com or +44 (0)1707 384 208.

About Hostelling International

Hostelling International staff

Hostelling International offers over 4,000 safe and friendly quality hostels in 90 countries. HI promotes intercultural exchange, social learning and care for the environment. The hostel network enables young people of different nationalities, cultures and social background to meet informally, share experiences and learn about each other and their surroundings. Find out more on www.hihostels.com.

HI hostels in Croatia

There are 10 HI hostels in Croatia located in great location. Read more about each HI hostel in Croatia on our web pages.
For bookings please contact the hostel directly or our booking department (for group requests) booking@hfhs.hr

The list of the winners in other categories

Favourite big tour operator                                                       
Winner: Contiki                                                                                                         Finalist: Thomas Cook; Club 18-30
Favourite medium-size tour operator
Winner:  Busabout
Finalists:  Topdeck Travel; On The Go

Favourite smaller tour operator
Winner: GoBus
Finalists: Anderson Tours; Fez Travel
Favourite UK & Ireland tour operator
Winner: Paddywagon Tours
Finalists:   Haggis Adventures; Shamrocker Adventures

Favourite European tour operator
Winner:  Busabout
Finalists: Contiki Holidays; Expat Explore

Favourite Middle East tour operator
Winner: Topdeck Travel
Finalists:  Travel Talk; On The Go

Favourite worldwide tour operator
Winner: Intrepid Travel
Finalists: Contiki Holidays; Topdeck Travel
Favourite activity/sports tour operator
Winner: Sail Croatia Adventures
Finalists:  Action Outdoors; Outgoing Ltd
Favourite Festival tour operator
Winner: Topdeck Travel
Finalists: First Festival Travel; Fanatics
Favourite winter/ski tour operator
Winner:  Alpen Rider
Finalists: Contiki Holidays; Crystal Ski
Best tour itinerary
Winner:  Busabout
Finalists:  Contiki Holidays;  Topdeck Travel

Favourite transport provider
Winner:  Eurolines
Finalists:  Busabout; Spaceships Campervan Rentals

Favourite long haul airline
Winner: British Airways
Finalists: Emirates;  Qantas
Favourite short haul airline
Winner:  easyjet
Finalists:  bmi; Turkish Airlines
Best sector newcomer
Winner:  Balkan Road Trip
Finalist:  MedSailors Ltd

Favourite travel agency
Winner: STA Travel
Finalists:   Flight Centre;  Thomas Cook

Best support service                        
Winner:  1st Contact
Finalists:  Excess Baggage; Anglo Pacific
Greenest travel initiative
Winner:   Contiki Holidays
Finalist:     On the Go


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