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What Makes the Best of the Best?

Someone once told me a brilliant idea for a hostel tshirt. It was basically along the lines of “My name is ____. I’m from ____. I’m traveling for ____ weeks/months. I’m going to ____ next.” The guest could just fill in the blanks with a marker, and thus avoid the standard hostel small talk. At one point in my travels I was so done with that particular monologue that I was ready to write it on my forehead. So naturally, I thought it was a great idea. I’ve also reached that point more than once while working in hostels, as I’m sure many of you have.

"Roadmap to Success" Panel Discussion: recorded live from the Madrid Unconference

With so many award winning hostels gathered in one place, the latest panel discussion was broadcast live from the sold-out Hostel Management Unconference in Madrid!

LIVE: Consistency & Staff Training Panel Discussion

February Panel Discussion: Consistency & Staff Training

Watch the recording from the live broadcast here

Interview with Hostel Rocket - The Newly Launched Hostel OTA

Hostel Rocket is positioning themselves as the new digital age OTA and a marketing engine for hostels. They do this with a focus on hostel community, 'book direct' and NO booking commissions.
Does this new, fresh approach sound too good to be true ?

Our Community Manager, Rucksack Brian, sat down for a talk with founder and CEO Michelle McBryde.

Consistency: Keeping It All Together

My last post was about why every manager should take a break. And take a break I did! Multiple days of lounging in the sun, sipping on coconut drinks, and a scattering of activities like diving and surfing left me feeling refreshed, and looking several shades darker. Meeting new friends for cultural exchanges was of course also crucial to having a great time.

Interview with MyAllocator about integration with BPO

Information was recently released about the upcoming integration of the channel manager MyAllocator with Hostelworld’s property management system BackpackOnline.

5 Reasons Why Hostel Managers Should Take a Break

Hello hostel friends! By the time you are reading this (man did that sound like a depressing start!) I will be somewhere on an island, hopefully in the warm sunshine, and positively not on a computer. To celebrate my upcoming digital detox, I thought I’d write a post to remind each of you, why it’s important to do the same.

Virtual Think Tank: Rate Parity- What can hostels do?

**To stream the recorded discussion, please click the video below**

Industry Expectations - Standing Out, While Fitting In

Learn from industry leaders!
The Panel Discussion happened December 17th.

The Depths of Creativity, Part 2: Problem Solving the Unexpected

The scope of a hostel manager’s job is about as wide and varied as country flags on an aged backpack. I know there are a lot of jobs where people say ‘every day is different’, but how often are those people doing maintenance in the morning, accounting in the afternoon, and marketing the next day? Yes, a hostel manager’s job is extremely varied, but rarely is someone a stand out in every element of the business. So then what?

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