Financial Times: Patron Capital plans 940-bed Paris hostel

Patron Capital, the private equity owner of Powerleague soccer, has stepped up its push into European property with an ambitious move to build the largest youth hostel in Paris. The London-based group, among Europe’s most expensive real estate funds for the past year, is set to confirm the Paris site purchase and project on Tuesday […]

St. Christopher’s open a second hostel in Paris

The hostel industry’s Patron Saint of travellers, St. Christopher’s, sure have a winning formula when creating some of the coolest budget accommodation on the market – and their newest Parisian hostel is no exception! Located in the revamped 10th Arrondissement and opposite Gare du Nord station, it is extremely accessible for international travellers maximising their time […]

Introducing Hoax Liverpool: Starboard Hotel Group expands its hostel portfolio

HOAX is the latest addition to the Liverpool tourism marketplace. Situated just a stones throw from Matthew street on Stanley street in the heart of the cavern quarter Liverpool city centre. This 5* Hostel comprises of 282 luxurious beds all en suite, as well as an extensive street kitchen and Bar split over two floors. […]

Air France launches offer to fight low-cost rivals

French airline Air France this week launched an offensive to compete with low-cost carriers, offering flights from four French hubs to 58 destinations in Europe and around the Mediterranean at fares starting from €49 (RM193) for passengers who travel with carry-on baggage. “Air France aims to adapt to the changes in purchasing behaviour and the […]

HostelBookers Infographic: Budget Traveller Trends 2012-13

Want to know which city you can stay in longest on a £100 hostel budget? How about the most popular new cheap travel destinations in 2013? Or – sob, sob – which destinations are becoming more unpopular by the day? Find out all this and more in the  Budget Traveller Trends infographic for 2012/13  from HostelBookers. […]

Tourism Australia ramps up youth focus

Tourism Australia has set its sights on the youth market, as managing director Andrew McEvoy insisted under 30s are an “important market” to achieve its 2020 target of doubling overnight expenditure to AU$140 billion. Speaking at the annual Tourism Australia industry briefing in Sydney yesterday morning, McEvoy revealed plans to launch a global youth project […]

Global tourism defies numerous crises

The global financial and economic crisis clearly has not dampened people’s desire to travel. According to the consultancy IPK International and the World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO), despite economically difficult times, in 2013 international tourism arrivals will once again grow in the order of 2 to 4%. Speaking at the 20th World Travel Monitor Forum in Pisa, Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, […]

Turkey to join the Eurail Global & Eurail Select Pass

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail Pass, officially announced the following changes to the Eurail Pass product, taking effect January 1, 2013: Turkey will join the Eurail Global and Eurail Select Pass when TCDD, the Turkish railway company, becomes a Eurail Pass member on January 1, 2013. With […]

2012 Trends Shaping the Travel Industry – Infographic

Despite the tough global economy, travel seems to be one of the industries still growing. Did you know almost 80 million foreigners visit France each year? That definitely dwarfs the 8000 visitors Turkmenistan gets every year. With fuel prices at an all time high, it is no surprise that most people spend their travel dollars […]

Hotels shun social media & online travel agents

Hotels are shunning social media and turning away from online travel agents to focus on direct bookings. This was the conclusion of research by Swiss hotel management school, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, and RateTiger. The six-month study of 72 hotels in France, Germany, Spain, UK and the US found hotels resent paying high commission to […]