Sydney Harbour YHA wins a UNESCO award

Sydney Harbour YHA, a finalist in the STAY WYSE green awards, has just received a UNESCO award, on top of twenty other awards already won in the fields of tourism, development, heritage and education.

 During WYSTC, YHA is celebrating Sydney Harbour YHA & ‘The Big Dig’ Archaeology Education Centre winning a ‘Jury Commendation for Innovation at the 2011 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation’.

 The award recognises newly-built structures which demonstrate outstanding standards for contemporary architectural design that is well-integrated into history contexts. Sydney Harbour YHA is situated on a site of great historical significance, above the remnants of houses, pubs and laneways dating back to the earliest days of the Australian colony. This highly prized UNESCO award has never before been won by a hostel. A panel of international conservation experts chose YHA’s project from a total of 34 entries from 10 countries in the region, including museums, religious sites and public institutions. For the full list of winners see

 YHA is part of the world’s largest budget accommodation network, Hostelling International, a not-for-profit, membership based organisation with more than 4,000 places to stay across 80 countries.

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