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!
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.