The new Generator Hostel London shows how cool hostels have become

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Designer fittings and yoga classes are just some of the offerings to court savvy hostel guests Designer furniture by the likes of Moroso and Tom Dixon fills the lobby. There is a DJ booth in the guise of a double- decker bus and guests can pick from a cafe menu with posh nosh such as […]

National Express and YHA form partnership

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National Express and YHA (England and Wales) have formed a partnership to sell coach tickets in Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales. National Express and Eurolines coach tickets can now be bought at Youth Hostels located in some of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. The joint venture will, for the first time, […]

A&O terminates parity in online channels and partially shifts commission

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The constant increase of commissions by Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s), recently with a 20 per cent rise of the company hostelworld, has prompted A&O to terminate the rate parity on the web. “We feel that consumers should pay more at those intermediaries that claim higher production costs. The continuous increase of commissions cannot solely develop […]

Life at sharp end of hostel distribution as mega-brands close ranks

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Excerpt from Tnooz There has recently been some rather seismic activity taking place in that often little known end of the accommodation distribution debate – hostels. Almost one year after Web Reservations International (WRI), parent company of HostelWorld, acquired its main competitor in the online hostel reservations market, HostelBookers, the new joint company announced to hostel […]

Join STAY WYSE at ITB Berlin 2014

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STAY WYSE is delighted to be exhibiting at ITB Berlin on the WYSE Travel Confederation stand from 5 – 9 March 2014. Visit us on stand #106 (Hall 4.1), where our WYSE Travel Confederation team, including Director General David Chapman, Laura Daly (STAY WYSE & Research) and Luciana Spadina (membership), will be delighted to welcome you. Email us […]

Hostelworld explains increase in commission

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Following a recent request by STAY WYSE to Hostelworld for an explanation on the recent increases in commission by the Online Travel Agent for Hostels and the disquiet it has caused within the sector, the following letter was received by the association: STAY WYSE Members, As an organisation that represents the industry, I am sure STAY WYSE has […]

Growing Disquiet Amongst Hostel Operators

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Following the recent news published on STAY WYSE regarding the increase in commission by Hostelworld, the online travel agent for hostels, the association has been informed of a number of positions currently being taken by National Associations around the world. Whilst acknowledging the important role that OTAs play, the Backpacker Network Germany have suggested in a letter to […]

TripAdvisor urged to create new channel dedicated to hostels

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Excerpt from Tnooz As TripAdvisor attempts to position itself at the centre of the online world, one group of accommodation owners is not impressed at being sidelined. Given that the global hostel industry is estimated to be growing at a rate of some 37% over the past decade and is now a $34 billion industry, Mor argues, […]

YHA New Zealand launches new travel app

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YHA New Zealand has launched an essential new travel app for smartphones to help travellers access better information for the best possible travel experiences. The YHA New Zealand Travel App draws from multiple databases that access the combined knowledge of thousands of travellers to create a super travel app database. Designed to help travellers get […]

Argentinean Chamber of Hostels recommends the acceptance of Hostelworld contract

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Following news published on STAY WYSE regarding the new Hostelworld contract, the association has received positive notifications regarding the recent amendments to the contract. The recommendation to accept the new contract by the Argentinean Chamber of Hostels Board was announced in an email to the Argentinean Hostel Community: Dear Members, Non Members and colleagues of the Argentinean Hostel Community, After many […]

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