Prominent Dutch hostel chain Stayokay have followed suit with the Swiss Youth Hostels and added the majority of their property folio to HostelBookers.com
While both chains have worked with HostelBookers to some capacity, it was generally the more prominent cities and properties that the chains were advertising with the OTA.
Both chains are working with the channel manager GrowingStones, who have assisted in overseeing the combined addition of roughly 50 properties in the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Andrea Hafner, Application Support for SYH, says, “For Swiss Youth Hostels, HostelBookers is a great additional way to promote our offer to all the corners of the world. I’m excited to see what it can do for our latest project in Saas-Fee, where we will – for the first time – include a spa in one of our hostels.”
Anke Rijntjes, Manager of Revenue & Channels for Stayokay, says ‘Stayokay is proud to be active on HostelBookers thanks to our channel manager Growing Stones. Stayokay is a hostel chain with 27 hostels in the Netherlands situated in the most beautiful places’.
HostelBookers has officially integrated with twenty channel managers to its API, allowing many properties to enjoy an additional revenue stream and new online exposure with the OTA through the easy integration of their preferred software provider.
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!
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!
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.
The stunning, old-school cruise ship – the MS Birger Jarl – has been transformed into a deluxe floating hostel and now operates under the name ‘Anedin Hostel’.
The floating hostel is docked next to the Royal Palace in Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan) and offers extremely central Stockholm accommodation at budget prices. A stay at Anedin Hostel will give you the chance to stay in a culturally preserved ship, steeped in history with a very charming atmosphere. You may even spot the royal family while lounging on the decks!
The ship operated as a crusie service for more than 60 years, but has sailed its last voyage and will now remain as a floating hostel, catering to the youth and budget savvy accommodation markets. The owners have managed to preserve the original wooden interiors and the ship has even been awarded the Swedish ‘K mark’, listing it as culturally important in 2010.
There are 156 private rooms / cabins with either shared or private bathroom facilities, all featuring traditional maritime design. There are six decks in total, with the upper deck of the ship showcasing a stunning open lounge area where you can soak up the views of the Old Town and surrounding islands.
Stockholm’s newest hostel is certainly one of it’s biggest and definetly its most unique! A welcome permenant addition to Stockholm’s skyline, sure to be a huge hit with tourists seeking a great value stay in a Nordic capital gem.