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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?

Learning about Channel Managers: What are your questions?

Re: Channel Managers: what do you want to know?

OTA Representatives Panel Discussion

The panel discussion "Meet Your Alternative Hostel OTAs" was streamed live Tues. Feb. 11th @ 18:00 GMT. The discussion included representatives from a few OTAs, fielding questions about their businesses and relations with the hostel industry. This discussion is an opportunity for hostels owners and managers to get to know some of the alternative hostel OTAs out there.

Bookings, Marketing & OTAs Panel Discussion

"Bookings, Marketing, & OTAs" Panel Discussion was streamed live Feb. 4th at 18:00 GMT. See below for a recording of the entire discussion.

Working with OTA’s and Moving the Industry Beyond

Sorry I have been rather quiet the last few days since Hostelworld announced they are increasing their service fee to 12%. I know some of you have been waiting for my input.

Guest Safety & Security Panel Discussion

How do you keep your guests and your hostel safe and secure? Learn from the hostel community in this panel discussion, which was streamed live Tues, 21 Jan at 18:00 GMT. It lasted about 40 minutes, and was recorded for your listening and viewing pleasure now!

Future Unconferences

It’s become clear that the Dublin Unconference preceding the Hostelworld conference last year was a hit!

Hostel Events

Upcoming Hostel Management Unconferences:

  • More cities and dates to be announced soon...
See the events calendar for more events.

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