Hostelbook has launched a Facebook application - Hostels, offering a link between hostel bookings and personal blogs. (7/3/2007)
The new initiative, Hostels on Facebook’, has been created by Chris Guzowski, founder of Hostelbook.com in association with Online Systems, an Australia-based hospitality technology provider. The application has been created with an objective to provide everything a backpacker needs in one place, including a connection between hostel bookings and personal blogs.
“What has been missing in the information-overloaded world of the web so far is an easy way of knowing where your friends will be, so you can hook up with them,” said Guzowski. “What we’ve put together at Hostels on Facebook means the last missing piece of the travellers puzzle is in place. There is now no need to go to more than one site and then email or call friends to track where they’re heading next, because all the information you might want is provided by Hostels on Facebook. So many people are already using Facebook every day, this is simply extending its functionality for the backpacking world.”
According to a release, the site lets travellers log any past, current or future stays at hostels around the world and proudly show their friends how far and wide they’ve travelled. Further, travellers can easily and in a fun way rate hostels, read and write reviews as well as make bookings and blogs – whilst effortlessly sharing all this with their friends. Individual Hostels will soon also have the ability to add their own photos and information about their events, parties and social calendars.
“The site is really by travellers for travellers – I wish there was something like this available to plan my previous travels – it would have been so much easier and saved so many organisational hassles,” said Guzowski.
Hostels on Facebook gives travellers access to more than 9,000 hostels around the world and they can make instant reservations with no booking fee, according to the company.
Facebook users simply add the application and can drag the ‘green hostels’ icon further up their application list or go direct with http://apps.facebook.com/hostels