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Well, because a great deal of us are not Corporate Bois like CKB ;), and do use to stay in hostels while traveling overseas...

Backpackers to get rating system
By John Garnaut - The Sydney Morning Herald
April 30 2003

You need not squirm amid rats, bed bugs and dope-smoking backpackers and call it a holiday ever again.

The federal Minister for Tourism, Joe Hockey, launched a star ratings system last night to sort out Australia's burgeoning backpacker industry.

A five-star hostel will not provide 24-hour room service and valet laundry, but it will get you an ensuite, a swipe security entrance and maybe even your own room. A three or four-star hostel will have good communal facilities and convenient services. And a one-star will at least provide something hygienic.

"At least they are aware of what they are getting," a spokesman for Mr Hockey said last night.

The assessment for rating consists of questions focusing on cleaning and maintenance and will cost the proprietor $100. Hostels with rodents or dodgy fire equipment will not be rated.

A previous government-funded ratings system failed in 1997 when it ran out of money. The new system is being run by AAA Tourism, which hopes to begin allocating ratings within six weeks.

Backpackers have taken on even greater importance for the local economy since the outbreak of SARS.

The industry remains haunted by the deaths of 15 tourists in a fire at the Childers backpacker hostel in central Queensland in July 2000.
 

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Mt. Gambier ought to be a 1 star! That hostel sucks! The kitchen was horrible and there was one shower for the whole hostel! :eek: Sydney central should be 5 star! That was a great hostel!
 

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erm right by the central train station - trying to think what the train station is called - is there a "central Sydney" station? It's on the Kings Cross loop anyway!
 

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Yup! That'd be the one! There's a restaurant/diner on the bottom floor next to the hostel! :D
 
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