The 1st Hostel Management Unconference, December 2009

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The 1st Hostel Management Unconference will take place at the Treehouse Hostel in Grünau im Almtal, Austria on December 4-6, 2009!

Winter in Gruenau

An "unconference" is like a conference, but participant-driven, low-budget, and informal. The organization of the event is collaborative.

The format of the Unconference will be small group discussions -- picture something like the forums but in person! It is not a "conference" with presenters and Powerpoint presentations -- it is more like a "meetup". The Unconference is an opportunity to meet other hostel managers and talk about issues that affect hostels.

Discussion topics will be set by attendees. See the Hostel Management Forums for ideas. (e.g., bedbugs, recession, booking engines, the future of hosteling, hostel networks) The group will decide on the discussion topics during the Unconference.

Where is Grunau?

Grünau is in Austria. Click here for directions.



The Unconference itself is free -- you pay for your own accommodation, food, and drinks. It is 22 euros per night to cover a dorm bed, breakfast and dinner at the Treehouse. Lunch and drinks are extra.

Who Should Attend

In order to make sure that there is enough room for all the hostels that want to attend, the initial registration is open only to hostels. Each hostel may send two people. Registration may be opened up to others in the hostel industry after the first round of registrations are in. If you are not affiliated with a specific hostel and would like to attend, please e-mail with information about yourself and why you would like to attend the Unconference.

Space is limited. Please register soon to guarantee your spot!


This is a tentative schedule of activities. The Unconference will begin with welcome drinks on the evening of December 4th.

December 4th December 5th December 6th

Sleep-in or ski Sleep-in or ski

Lunch Lunch

Small group discussions Small group discussions

Dinner at Treehouse Dinner at Treehouse
Evening Welcome drinks Discussions at the bar Discussions at the bar


Grünau im Almtal is a small town about 2 hours from Vienna. The Unconference will take place at the Treehouse Hostel. There is a bar, as well as opportunities to go skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing if you extend your stay past the 6th of December. (Ski lifts open on December 5th.)

Ski Austria

How to Register

To register for the Unconference, fill out the form below. NOTE:Your registration is not confirmed until you hear back from us by email. If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours for some reason, please contact us.


Please contact us if you have any questions.


Each person attending should fill out their own form. Each hostel can bring two people to the Unconference. If you would like to bring more than two people, please contact us first.

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