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 […]

UNWTO honours Hostelling International for innovation in tourism

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Hostelling International‘s unique digital campaign – The Big Blog Exchange – was second runner-up at the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism in the category ‘Non-Governmental Organizations’. The awards ceremony was held on 22 January during the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain. Every year since […]

Hostelworld increases commission up to 12%

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Hostelworld, the online travel agent for the hostel sector, has announced today that it will be raising its service fee from 10% to 12%. This announcement was made today via a mailing to the properties listed on its website. The announcement comes after global concern  was expressed in July 2013 when the company introduced a […]

What a Miami hostel portends for the future of American hospitality

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There’s a three-foot Japanese ice saw hanging behind the Broken Shaker bar at the Freehand Miami hostel in South Beach. Bartenders don’t actually use it to cut custom-size ice cubes for cocktails, it’s just there for show. They find it quicker to use a chainsaw. This is required because normal ice cubes inside spirit-heavy drinks like Old Fashioneds […]

Update from BOA on Hostelworld contract

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BOA is pleased to report that positive progress has been made in regards to hostel operators’ concerns about the Hostelworld Standard Services and Licence Agreement. Hostelworld has acknowledged that their initial communication of the revised contract was not handled as well as it could, and that Hostelworld has subsequently taken on board input from hostel […]

Hostels: A segment too important to ignore

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In the last post Ivar Yuste, a partner of PHG Hotels & Resorts from Madrid, asked why the world’s largest hotel groups are all ignoring the hostel market segment, leaving independent groups to reap the benefits of this lucrative market. Maybe it is because demographics don’t stack up and there is a lack of scale. However, 17.6% of the […]

Join STAY WYSE and the Class of 2020 at WYSTC

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The number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education is forecast to double to 262 million by 2025. Nearly all of this growth will be in the developing world, with more than half in China and India alone. The number of students seeking study abroad could rise to eight million, up from 4 […]

Hostelling International and ISIC Association renew their partnership

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Hostelling International and the ISIC Association have recently renewed their 20 year alliance, enabling holders of the International Student Identity Card to get increased access to 3,700 hostels worldwide, and a flurry of member discounts within the Hostelling International (HI) network. The aim of this deal – a global Memorandum of Understanding – is to outline joint opportunities for national […]

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