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COVID-19 impacts on hostel performance

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc upon the travel industry, and the hostel sector is no exception. Hostels enjoyed a relatively “normal” February, but with March came the WHO pandemic classification, the abrupt halt of travel, and in many markets lockdown orders that temporarily closed hostel doors.

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COVID-19 and European accommodations performance

Kelsey Fennerty, STR January data for hostels and most hotel markets in Europe was not impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). While January hostels lost RevPAB year over year, the decline was similar to that experienced in December 2019, suggesting that...

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2019 Trends in Hostel Performance

2019 was a fairly tumultuous year for the European hostel markets that STR tracks. Performance varied widely across markets, as markets battled tourist troubles, worried about Brexit or ended the year with seemingly no concerns.

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Winning China’s youth travellers

Visitors from China take over 168 million trips per year and this figure is growing, making youth travellers from China more important than ever. At the STAY WYSE Hostel Business Conference in Amsterdam, Sienna Parulis-Cook of Dragon...

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In search of the aging backpacker

We’ve been tracking the quintessential youth traveller since 2002 – the backpacker. In 2017, data from WYSE Travel Confederation’s New Horizons Survey of youth and student traveller indicated the trend of a long and slow decline of the backpacker travel identity.

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