Articles tagged “hostels”

5 Ways Hostels Are Trying to Move Beyond the Backpacker

Hostels are no longer the dirty, questionable haunt of teenage backpackers. They've grown up quite a bit, along with their demographic.

1 month ago

Skift Podcast: How Hostels Are Trying to Move Beyond the Backpacker

As hostels become more focused on design, events, and dining, we're not surprised that a new crowd of travelers are discovering the option.

1 month ago

Hostelworld Group Continues Shift From Multi to Single Brand

Increasing higher-margin bookings and focusing on growing your strongest brand seems a sensible approach when you are competing in a crowded market.

2 months ago

Upscale Hostels Look Beyond Millennials to Business Travelers

There's a certain convergence under way between hostels and hotels as both often seek to attract Millennials as well as business travelers. Business travelers often see hostels as an optimum choice when hotels are booked up but many road warriors express satisfaction with the experience.

2 months ago

CEO Interview: Mobile Booking, Digital Marketing and the New Way to Sell Hostels

Like many successful companies, Hostelworld resolves to win by maintaining its focus on what it does best: Selling hostels. Its big challenge is to generate more awareness about the modern and socially oriented hostel while larger players like Airbnb and Booking.com suck the air out of Google.

4 months ago

Hospitality Innovations in the Space Between Boutique Hotel and Airbnb

Modern consumers will naturally move towards the ideas that best fit with the way they travel now. Hospitality brands that can keep up will reap rewards.

4 months ago

Oral History of Online Travel: How Hostelworld Backpacked Its Way to Success

Hostelworld needed to automate the online booking of hostels because there just wasn't enough money in it if employees or call center agents had to handle bookings over the phone. The company gave away free software to attract owners and then came up with a business model that was midway between Expedia's prepay model and Booking.com's pay at the hotel formula.

5 months ago

U.S. Hostels See Sharing Economy Popularity as Their Window of Opportunity

Sure, budget travelers have Airbnb as a more affordable lodging option, but what about those who don't want to stay in someone's home? U.S. cities are largely missing out on those visitors who want something half way between a home-stay and hotel experience.

1 year ago

New Generation of Backpackers Realizes This Is Not Their Father’s Youth Hostel

We are consistently impressed by Generator Hostels even while we despise the silly term "flashpacker."

1 year ago

The White House Looks to Hosteling International and Bloggers to Promote Study Abroad

We're interested to see how far outside the circle of 100 or so attendees this message spreads.

2 years ago

Interview: Generator Hostels on Creating the New Hostel Experience

Knowing exactly who a hotel brand's customer is gives it the freedom to build events and an an ambiance just for them, without fear of turning off smaller demographic groups.

2 years ago

Generator Hostels Secures $75 Million to Fuel Global Growth

Generator is the leader of the design-savvy hostel market, an asset class that's become increasingly popular with sophisticated young travelers and money-conscious adults.

2 years ago