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YHA New Zealand wins Best Green Accommodation Initiative Award

Long time GuestCentrix user YHA New Zealand is the global winner of the “Best Green Accommodation Initiative” for the WYSE Global Youth Travel Awards 2016. The awards celebrate outstanding performers within the international youth, student and educational travel industry and act as a benchmark for excellence within the sector. YHA New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Mark Wells,… 

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Hoteliers revolt over Booking.com ruling

Queenstown hotel owner Nik Kiddle is leading a group of about 100 accommodation providers around the country, who want more freedom to offer better room rates. It is estimated by various industry players that between 70 per cent to 98 per cent of bookings are made through online services like Booking.com and Expedia, which impose contract restrictions on hotels offering sharper… 

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New age of flashpacking across Southeast Asia

The age of Flashpacking is here According to a report on Hotel Market Trends in Southeast Asia by leading hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks there was an explosive 42% surge in new beds coming online in the ‘flashpacking’ category between 2015 and the third quarter of this year. Southeast Asia’s booming tourism trade has experienced… 

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Hostels remain outsiders in chaotic accommodation world

“Alternative accommodation” is a title that has been banded around for a years now, primarily as a tool to separate hotels from everyone else. The umbrella term has come to prominence in particular because of the likes of Airbnb (room or home sharing) and HomeAway (vacation rentals) seemingly accelerating their concepts into the mainstream market. One of the accommodation… 

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Millennials, tourism & peace - UNWTO Secretary Taleb Rifai

UNWTO’s leader is Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. He is widely recognized for his inclusive, forward looking efforts to build a travel and tourism sector that embraces economic, environmental and social aims. Russ Hedge, CEO of Hostelling International recently sat down with Taleb and in this first of a two-part interview, he speaks about millennials, tourism and… 

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5 Ways Hostels Are Trying to Move Beyond the Backpacker

From a recent Skift Podcast with Fredrik Korallus, CEO of Generator Hostels, the following five key points were taken from the conversation as to how hostels are trying to move beyond the backpacker. The modern hostel guest wants a shared local experience. There are increasingly fewer amenities in the rooms because the shared space is the… 

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Global hotel operator joins the hostel industry

Global powerhouse hotel operator Accor has launched a new brand “Jo & Joe”, which  “blends the best of private-rental, hostel and hotel formats”. Blurring the lines between hotel and hostel is fast becoming the fashion, with hybrid hotel / hostel groups Meininger in Europe and Freehand across the USA having successful business operations. Hostels for… 

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Booking (dot) com & Expedia relax rate parity rules

Online Bookings systems Expedia and Booking.com to relax rate parity in Australia Global powerhouse OTA’s Booking.com and Expedia have recently written to their hotel and hostel clients advising of changes to the terms and conditions of their agreements. These agreements are now falling into line with other Online Bookings systems across parts of the world. These… 

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Hostels - the new destination for business travelers?

Hostels, Poshtels, Flashpackers or Lifestyle Hotel? Hostelworld, the world’s largest hostel booking engine, reports that 9.3 percent of hostels bookings are made by travellers age 41 and up, with 20 percent are between 31 and 40 years old. Paul Halpenny, Group Director of Supply at Hostelworld remarks: “The industry has changed hugely in the six… 

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