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New Youth Hostel in Saas-Fee Nov 28, 2011

Swiss Youth Hostels are delighted that the municipality of Saas-Fee and the civic community of Saas-Fee gave their approval at the weekend to the refurbishment of Bielen Leisure Centre, the building law for the Youth Hostel and the necessary adaptation of the zoning plan for the construction of a Youth Hostel. The building work is due to start in May 2013.

The new Youth Hostel will supplement the existing Bielen Leisure Centre, which is now being refurbished by the municipality of Saas-Fee. A new top-class Youth Hostel and a modern, attractive leisure centre containing public wellness and fitness facilities and a swimming pool will therefore be created right at the entrance to the village. Swiss Youth Hostel will operate the leisure centre and the Youth Hostel.

Swiss Youth Hostels investing CHF 10 million

This project will strengthen Saas-Fee as a holiday destination in the long term. A new Youth Hostel will be constructed at a cost of CHF 10 million. The investor is the Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism. The civic community of Saas-Fee will be responsible for refurbishing Bielen Leisure Centre and Swiss Youth Hostels will operate it as the long-term tenant.

30,000 overnight stays annually

The Youth Hostel will contain around 160 beds and 15 new jobs will be created in Saas-Fee. It is expected that the new Youth Hostel will generate approximately 30,000 overnight stays annually while the mountain railways and the local economy in Saas-Fee will benefit from annual value-added amounting to around CHF 5 million. The construction of the new Youth Hostel will produce one-off regional value-added for the local economy to the tune of about CHF 7.5 million.

In the next step Swiss Youth Hostels and the municipality of Saas-Fee will jointly start the detailed planning work. The building work is due to start in May 2013.

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