The Booking Habits of Hostel Guests Around the Globe
Much like hotels, hostels are reaching new customers and opening new channels for booking on third-party sites like Hostelworld and Hostelbookers. And giving up a percentage of their revenues in the process.
A new study from the STAY WYSE Association reports that 29 percent of hostel bookings now happen on third-party websites.
This is according to the responses of more than 2,200 Youth Travel Accommodation operators across 100 countries. Participating operators included hostels (60%), guesthouses (12%), and B&B’s (11%), among others.
The second most common form of booking will come as a surprise to many business and leisure travelers, but will be better understood by those that have backpacked themselves — 20 percent of bookings occur via email.