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Bossa In Rio Hostel – photos

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

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Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

HostelBookers Summer Sale EXTENDED!

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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

HostelBookers Survey: Why Women Travel Solo

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A new survey created by social media collective, #WeGoSolo* founded by Mariellen Ward of Breathe Dream Go and budget accommodation specialists HostelBookers shows that despite recent negative media attention, women still love to travel alone. Findings from the “Going It Alone” survey show women balance their desire for freedom and adventure with a healthy sense of caution.

More than 1,000 women responded to the June 2013 survey, revealing that:

Female solo travellers are adventurous:

  • 82% of women surveyed said they had travelled alone.
  • “Freedom” (28%), a “sense of adventure” (17%) and “learning about yourself” (15%) were cited by respondents as the top reasons for travelling solo.
  • 54% have travelled solo for a month or longer.

Female solo travellers are concerned about safety, and tend to change their behaviour when travelling solo:

  •  “Safety concerns,” “fear of loneliness” and “pressure from family” were the three top reasons cited for NOT travelling…

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Boutique and designer budget accomodation for your next holiday – photos

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Basel St. Alban Youth Hostel – BASEL

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Boutique Hostel Forum – ZADAR

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Design Hostel Goli&Bosi – SPLIT

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Hostel Tresor – LJUBLJANA

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Tattva Design Hostel – PORTO

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Scuol Youth Hostel – SCUOL

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The Independente Hostel & Suites – LISBON

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Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia – BARCELONA

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Interlaken Youth Hostel – INTERLAKEN

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WE Hostel Design – SAO PAULO

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Generator – COPENHAGEN

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Generator – HAMBURG

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Santos Ibiza Coast Suites – IBIZA

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Pantone Hotel – BRUSSELS

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Sleepbox Hotel – MOSCOW

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The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel – BERLIN

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U Hostels – MADRID

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Fusion – PRAGUE

Freehand Miami hostel – photos

HostelBookers lifts restrictions off working with non VAT registered properties in EU

HostelBookers represents almost 25,000 properties on its site, from all corners of the globe. Quite an amazing feat, considering there has always been restrictions on signing / working with properties in Europe (a primary market) that were not VAT registered.

This has meant over the years, HostelBookers has had to turn away a lot of legitimate properties / businesses who file their taxes under their personal tax numbers. Usually this is done for owners of smaller B&B’s, pensions, hostales and apartments, where they earn under the threshold and are not required to have a business tax number.

With HostelBookers being based in the UK and governed by UK tax laws, working with non VAT registered properties in the EU may have resulted in fines / having to pay tax on all bookings generated by these types of properties.

Recently, HostelBookers took the decision to change its policy and open its books to these smaller, legitimate properties across the EU – meaning they will start to pay the necessary tax on these bookings in order to work with them. It will be a huge boost to the OTA and to the properties (particularly in Spain and Italy), who supply this budget accommodation that HostelBookers can represent and sell well.

So Spanish properties operating on their ‘NIF’ and in Italy, their ‘codice fiscale’ (personal tax numbers) are now fine to register with HostelBookers and begin to accept bookings. This is applicable to all countries in the EU with their different personal tax numbers.

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The timing is particularly well placed as Croatia recently became the 28th member of the European Union. The most common types of accommodation there are smaller pensions and apartments, which means that HostelBooker’s Croatian product folio will remain in tact.

Also, with HostelBookers now offering an API for channel managers and properties to be supported through 2 way XML, it seems a property boom is imminent on the HostelBookers site. HostelBookers ongoing  and constant representation at multiple industry events and conferences, strongly supports their contracting and growth strategies.

So, as HostelBookers realign their marketing and business requirements – if you are a smaller property in the EU that wishes to be represented, contact their Product Department by signing up at https://secure.hostelbookers.com/join/