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Well Met Conferencing celebrates first year of partnership with YHA England and Wales

Well Met Conferencing is celebrating a successful first year of its partnership with YHA.  The deal – which places Well Met Conferencing as the YHA’s sole accommodation provider in Leeds – gives YHA members access to year-round rooms at Carnegie Village, Leeds Met’s AA 3* high-specification residential development, and summer accommodation at the University’s Kirkstall Brewery and Opal residences. 

With these three distinctive options, the University is able to cater for visitors looking for contrasting experiences: Carnegie Village is ideal for those looking for ease of access to the Yorkshire Dales and days out across the county, whereas Opal is perfect for visitors looking for city centre shopping and nightlife. Kirkstall Brewery offers the best of both worlds as well as a picturesque location as it’s situated on the Leeds-Liverpool canal. All the accommodation is located in secure complexes offering features such as car parking (Carnegie and Kirkstall only), private ensuite rooms and lockable bike storage.

Kate Davis, Head of Business Development for Leeds Metropolitan University said: “Over the first year of our partnership with YHA we have found that our rooms really suit the needs of YHA members. Our facilities are high-spec, which means excellent value and fantastic choice for YHA members visiting the city. The YHA membership is diverse – encompassing large groups travelling for family occasions, bike tourers, groups of friends and those coming to Leeds for concerts at the new First Direct Arena. Our flexible offering can cater to all these people and more.”

In 2013, YHA has continued to invest in its network of 140 Youth Hostels, spending in excess of £10 million in five key locations, and with a further three major investments on site at present, and more acquisitions and developments in the pipeline. The provision of en-suite rooms, restaurants & bars, Wi-Fi  and a safe and welcoming environment is relevant to modern guests and particularly young people in a way that the dormitory beds, warden's rules, and chores of yesteryear is no longer.

Leeds Metropolitan University's accommodation comes under the YHA's Enterprise Scheme, which seeks out independent properties which YHA promotes through third-party sites such as Hostel World internationally.

John McGrath, Head of Enterprise and Procurement at YHA (England and Wales) said: "Our ever greater partnership with the University enables YHA to extend its reach, providing its members and guests with fantastic facilities in a city where we are not otherwise represented. The location and the quality couldn't be better."

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