A Million Reasons to Celebrate for HostelBookers.com



    HostelBookers.com Celebrates as it Hits 1,000,000 Bookings

    LONDON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - The cash register may not ka-ching, nor is there
a shower of balloons, bunting, and a fawning store manager, but reaching the
1,000,000th customer mark is just as exciting for online companies, too.
    It's a notch that HostelBookers.com will make next week - just three
years after its launch - confirming phenomenal growth for the low-cost
accommodation company that helps budget-conscious travellers find places to
sleep the world over.
    The team at HostelBookers.com - now over 50 strong - expects to reach the
milestone towards the end of next week; with the smart money on October 4th.
    Where the booking will be for is less easy to predict. The top five
destinations on HostelBookers.com are London, New York, Amsterdam, Paris and
Barcelona (each receiving over 10,000 accommodation searches in any given
month) but with 10,000 hostels in over 2,500 worldwide locations there's a
strong chance it could be somewhere much more obscure. Madawaska, Progreso,
anyone?
    The low-cost accommodation market has boomed in recent years thanks to
firms like HostelBookers.com making life simple for everyone involved. Its
commitment to ensuring quality throughout its network of low-cost hostels,
B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels has been a driving force behind this growth.
    The demographic of hostellers has also changed significantly in recent
years. While backpackers and adventure travellers continue to make up a good
part of the customer mix, the continual rise in low-cost accommodation
standards has won many converts who refuse to pay for the frills and waste
associated with higher priced accommodation. This has been particularly true
it seems with couples and friends booking city breaks in major European and
North American destinations.
    HostelBookers.com's General Manager, David Smith, said: "We're delighted
to have reached this milestone in the company's development. We've seen the
sector change a great deal over the last few years and we're very proud to
have played a part in bringing that about. Low cost accommodation has really
come on leaps and bounds and with weekend city breaks becoming increasingly
popular, it's great that there're now very decent alternatives to breaking the
bank at major hotel chains.
    "We don't mind a little extravagance, though. We're looking closely to
see who that 1,000,000th customer will be, and while there won't be balloons
and bunting, they may well find a bottle of champagne in their room on
arrival."

    About HostelBookers.com: Great Hostels. Free Booking. No Worries.

    HostelBookers.com - launched in March 2004 - is a leading UK-based
website owned and operated by MBI MBO Ltd. It offers a range of hostels and
budget accommodation including hotels, B&Bs and apartments in over 2,000
destinations worldwide. HostelBookers.com's properties are reviewed and rated
by customers and it remains the only company in its sector to offer its
services with no booking fees. HostelBookers.com also provides a range of free
travel guides, travel news and worldwide events information.





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