Stayokay and Swiss Youth Hostels expand property folio on HostelBookers

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.

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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’.

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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.

Which Channel Managers does HostelBookers work with?

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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:

  1. ASSD
  2. Availpro
  3. BBLiverate
  4. Charts (Online Systems)
  5. EZ Site Controller (Global Network)
  6. FNSrooms
  7. Gestione Albergo
  8. GrowingStones
  9. HostelSystem
  10. Hotel-Spider (Tourisoft)
  11. Maxi Mojo Mantras
  12. Mini Hotel PMS
  13. Myallocator
  14. Omnibees
  15. Parity Rate
  16. Rate Tiger (eRevMax)
  17. Seekom (iBex)
  18. Siteminder
  19. STAAH
  20. 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

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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.’

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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!

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.

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ANEDIN Hostel – Stockholm’s newest hostel is a ship!

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’.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Amstel House Hostel Berlin – photos

Roughly 400 beds, super clean, fun and central hostel

Roughly 400 beds, super clean, fun and central hostel

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On the 15th of June 2013 the Amstel House Hostel Berlin celebrated 100 years of its Art Nouveau Building. A beautiful hostel with lots of history, in the perfect part of town. Thinking about a stay in Berlin? Then Amstel House will welcome you with friendly, opened arms 🙂

St. Christopher’s open a second hostel in Paris!

The hostel industry’s Patron Saint of travellers, St. Christopher’s, sure have a winning formula when creating some of the coolest budget accommodation on the market – and their newest Parisian hostel is no exception!

Located in the revamped 10th Arrondissement and opposite Gare du Nord station, it is extremely accessible for international travellers maximising their time in the ‘city of lurve’. Romance is already on the cards for what is easily (as rated by HostelBooker’s customers) Paris’s best hostel!

With 600 beds, ‘St Christopher’s Gare du Nord’ is also now the biggest hostel in the whole of France! This will only be eclipsed when the Generator opens their 1,000 bed property in the Winter of 2014. However, when comparing bed volumes – as St. Christopher’s has a sister property in Paris already (just under 400 beds), they will be collectively be on par with Generator’s future offering.

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The new hostel reportedly cost ‘Beds and Bars’ roughly 40 million Euro, so no expense has been spared in creating what is set to become a premier venue for travellers and locals alike! The Belushi’s bar is the largest opened so far, along with a huge basement chill-out area and a quirky, street level Parisian cafe. The venue hosts a range of different nights and is fast becoming booked for live gigs on Fridays and Saturday nights. Check out the rock stage-cage on top of the bar – talk about maximising space and rock god status!

The accommodation comprises roughly 50 private rooms, with a huge selection of various dorm rooms on offer. All dorms feature comfortable, modern sleeper-carriage pod beds with privacy curtains, power points, reading lights and lockers. In line with the modern St. Christopher’s product offering, there is also a ‘girls only’ floor, excellent facilities for groups, bangingly fast WiFi and super friendly staff.

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Another feather in the cap for the party loving folk at St. Christopher’s – mixing secure, safe, fun and great value accommodation with just the right je ne sais qoui to keep us all coming back for more!

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/