Monthly Archives: August 2013
Which Channel Managers does HostelBookers work with?
Since the start of 2013, HostelBookers.com has had an API to support properties using channel managers.
More and more properties are using a channel manager software – mostly to assist in updating rates and inventory across the multiple OTA sites they work with.
While large hotel and hostel chains have worked this way for years, all types and sizes of accommodation providers are now finding the benefits of having this additional online support. With more channel manager choice than ever, it is easy to source and partner with whoever will compliment your business and wallet the best!
Following is a list of the twenty channel managers that HostelBookers.com recognises and works with today. They are based on official and approved 2 way XML integrations (not screen-scrape).
Listed in alphabetical order:
- Charts (Online Systems)
- EZ Site Controller (Global Network)
- Gestione Albergo
- Hotel-Spider (Tourisoft)
- Maxi Mojo Mantras
- Mini Hotel PMS
- Parity Rate
- Rate Tiger (eRevMax)
- Seekom (iBex)
- Yield Planet
Many more integrations are scheduled this year with well-known channel manager providers, so be sure to check in with them if not featured above. Happy hunting!
GENERATOR confirm ROME hostel to open in 2014
The Generator accommodation brand continues to flourish with the new announcement of a Rome opening in 2014! Over 80 rooms (beds tbc) on seven floors, right in the heart of the Esquilino area – a stone’s throw from Vittorio Emanuele and a quick and easy walk to the wondrous Colosseum.
Josh Wyatt, Director of Hospitality and Leisure at Patron Capital (the London-based private-equity firm that owns Generator), stated ‘The unique history of Rome, coupled with the local character in the immediate neighbourhood of the new Generator, will inspire our design and restaurant ethos to deliver a truly special new concept to Rome.’
Earlier in the year, Generator announced that they had purchased a building in Paris to renovate and open as a 1,000 bed hostel / hotel in 2014. That property is close to Gare du Nord Station, just as this new Rome property is within walking distance to Termini Station. Location is key, as are targeting up and coming areas in the midst of a mini-renaissance. Additional business and employment opportunities to the local areas are widely embraced as Generator brings its unique style to their streets.
This will bring its European total offering to ten properties, making it a truly recognisable, award winning and dominant chain in the niche hostel sector and wider travel industry. Taking the Generator brand into the US market now seems imminent!
Five Elements Hostel Frankfurt – photos
Wall Street Journal: New Breed of Hostels Heads to U.S.
Generator, St. Christopher’s, Freehand – hostelling in the USA set for a resurgence and modernised perception!
HostelBookers begin process of removing CUBA from site
HostelBookers have today notified all properties listed in CUBA that with regret, they must cease to work with them as of this Friday, 9th August.
This is due to the approved merger of HostelBookers and Hostelworld (WRI) who are owned by the American private equity investment firm ‘Hellman & Friedman‘.
As required by US law (embargo) and by the final day of the approved merge, HostelBookers will have additional legal compliance obligations to not do any business with Cuba.
This affects roughly 300 properties, majority of which are ‘homestays’ – a typical type of budget accommodation travellers use while holidaying throughout the country.
While HostelBookers will cease to list or promote Cuba this week, any future bookings already secured by the properties / customers wont be affected.
Other destinations to cease trade with HostelBookers due to the acquisition (if not already) include Iran, Syria, Sudan, Myanmar (Burma) and North Korea.
HostelBookers Summer Sale EXTENDED!
HostelBookers Summer Sale has been extended for another month! The campaign has been a huge success so far – the biggest that HostelBookers has ever done, with almost 750 properties on sale in 300 destinations! Currently, over 12,000 unique sale bookings have been generated to happy customers!
The HostelBookers Product Team is hard at it, securing more properties with discounts daily. The destinations with the most discounted property stays on offer are:
Budapest, Barcelona, London, Rome, Krakow, Prague, Athens, Florence, Marrakech, Bangkok, Hanoi, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, Mendoza, Singapore, Vienna.
Notable properties that are participating and selling discounted beds daily include:
Generator Barcelona, St Christopher’s Paris (Gare du Nord), Wake Up Sydney, Danhostel Copenhagen City, Vienna City Hostel, Generator Berlin Mitte, Chillout Hostel Zagreb and FIT Hotel New York.
The extended sale (booking period) will now run until the end of August, with a travel period up until the end of September! With so many quality destinations and properties on offer, it’s easy to grab a bargain break with HostelBookers.com
Woodah Hostel, Copenhagen – photos
OFT approve HostelBookers and Hostelworld merger
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in London, UK, have approved the merger of HostelBookers and Hostelworld – the number one and two most used hostel booking sites worldwide.
HostelBookers will now become part of the Web Reservations International (WRI) portfolio, much to the delight of Hellman & Friedman – known for a focus of ‘investing in management buyouts in media, telecommunications, financial services, technology and marketing’.
HostelBookers and Hostelworld now have five working days to complete the merge. Under the WRI folio will be Hostelworld.com, HostelBookers.com, Hostels.com, BedandBreakfastworld.com and Backpackonline.com.