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Interview with Hostelworld CEO, Feargal Mooney

The team from Skift recently interviewed Feargal Mooney from Hostelworld. Feargal joined Hostelworld back in 2002 as COO – and since the company has floated in the London and Dublin stock exchange has been integral in changing and adapting the company’s strategic direction as CEO. GuestCentrix has offered a  direct interface to Hostelworld for several… 

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Poshtels vs Hostels vs Budget Hotels...

Many in the hostel industry are not in favour of the label, but the word “Poshtel” is beginning to stick. The team here at GuestCentrix are fielding more and more calls from properties wanting a hostel software solution for their upmarket hostel, or “Poshtel”. This article penned from USA Today perfectly outlines where traditional hostels… 

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How hostels are remaking the low-cost market place

“Hostel” – the word somehow conjures up cheap and low end accommodation. In the Australia / New Zealand region, and across to Europe the word “Hostel” invokes memories of pre or post undergrad travels – a right of passage amongst the youth travel market before they settle down and become part of the corporate world.… 

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Silkari Hotel Brand launched by Visionary Investment Group

It’s not often a luxury hotel brand is launched by a new player to the hotel market, but that is exactly what Visionary Investment Group are doing with the launch of their Silkari Suites brand. VIG have announced the opening of their first suite hotel in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Chatswood – a growing… 

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This is how hotels make their OTA addiction worse

There are a number of blogs and news articles posted on our website about direct bookings vs OTA bookings – and how hotels should be managing the challenge of guest acquisition vs cost of acquisition. This article posted on Accom News lists four great points of action an hotel, hostel or apartment operator can adopt… 

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Youth Travel Industry sees a pessimistic outlook in a post Brexit Europe

With the recent surprise news that the UK has voted in a plebiscite for a “Brexit” – and separate themselves from the European Union, the global markets went into meltdown, and the UK pound weakened against almost every major currency. WYSE Travel Confederation has conducted a survey within the youth and student travel community –… 

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Harry Triguboff to become Australia's largest hotel owner

Entrepreneur and property tycoon Harry Triguboff is lined up to become Australia’s biggest hotel owner. With the 16 Meriton branded serviced apartment properties dotted across the Eastern seaboard of Australia, the current room count will shortly top more than 4600 rooms in three cities (Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast). Sometime in 2017, with further new sites coming… 

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Who owns the hotel guest?

There are a number of hot topics going around – and we have discussed those several times here and normally cover revenue management and rate parity. One more discussion point around the industry is “who owns the guest”. We have seen a small number of hotel booking engines withhold email addresses from guests prior to… 

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Rees Hotel, Queenstown, scoops major awards

One of our great long time GuestCentrix clients, The Rees Hotel has scooped two major industry awards. The property is located on the shores of Frankton Arm on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, on New Zealand’s South Island. The location many might recognise from a number of Hobbit based movies, and is a destination to savour.… 

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