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Industry Expectations - Standing Out, While Fitting In

Learn from industry leaders!
The Panel Discussion will happen December 17th @ 18:00 (GMT) .

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?

The Depths of Creativity, Part 1: Setting Hostels Apart

Our HostelManagement theme for December is “Industry Expectations: Standing out, while fitting in.” I have to admit, even I thought to myself, “How can I write about such a cliche?” I want my writing to be meaningful, but most of all useful. We all know the general standards a hostel should meet. Dorms beds, functioning kitchen, toilets that flush? Sure. Wifi that is faster than the speed of light and never goes out for 30 seconds? Obviously, #1 priority.

Learn from industry leaders! 'If I knew then, what I know now', November Virtual Panel Discussion

We are exited to present our November Virtual Panel Discussion. Recorded on:
November 19th 2014.

The topic this time is: "If I knew then, what I know now"
Our panelists for this talk are hostel owners and managers from Israel, Romania, and Austria. They discuss their career decisions and share lessons learned from managing a hostel in different parts of the world.

To view the recording of the discussion, click on the video link below. 2.0 is coming!

It's been a long time coming but it's finally happening. Our development team is now doing a complete rebuild of the entire site.

As we all know, HostelManagement in it's current form has run it course.

Misadventures in Hostel Management: A Look Back

This month our panel discussion will be the topic “If I Knew Then What I Know Now”. While generally I will focus my writing around the chosen topic, I don’t exactly feel qualified to speak up on that one yet. I’ve only been managing hostels for 3 years, and I still have a lifetime of learning to do. That being said, it’s been quite the adventure so far. So I’ll give it a go, if only to give a dose of humor to your day, and perhaps for some a bit of nostalgia about those early days of starting out.

Virtual Think Tank: Developing Tools and Marketing to Increase Direct Bookings

A 'Virtual Think Tank' was held on April 11th. The live recording is below. Please note some technical difficulties while everyone introduced themselves.

New International Campaign: Book Direct and Save

A united campaign has started to increase direct bookings in hostels.

The hostel industry is fragmented, and it is rare that we all manage to join forces and work together

towards the same goal. Despite this, a movement has begun that is rapidly uniting hostels with one

common objective: to increase direct bookings.

POSTPONED: Cleaning Panel Discussion

**UPDATE: This Panel Discussion is being postponed due to scheduling conflicts with participants. Future date TBA. If you are interested in participating, please contact me. See below. Thanks!**

Our next panel discussion will be over Cleaning & Housekeeping.

Some hostels get top marks for cleaning while others get complaints. What are these super clean hostels doing right?

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