Tuesday 29 August 1950
A Ministry of Tourism to provide facilities for youth to travel at a cost it could afford, was suggested at the International Youth_Hostel Federation’s twelfth international conference at Ashridge Park in Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire.
The conference was attended by representatives of over 20 countries.
Making the suggestion, the president, E. St John Catchpool, who is also national secretary of the Youth Hostels Association England, and Wales, said: “I feel that Ministry of Tourism would help to stimulate the pace. For such a Ministry would be go-getters’ with an eye on dollars and other tourist money flowing in, if those urgently needed hostels were provided.”
Catchpool advocated exchange visits between classes of schoolchildren from different countries and stressed the educational value of travel.
YHA is the term used for a ‘Youth Hostel Association.