Vancouver World Hostel Conference – December 12 – 14, 2011

Vancouver World Hostel Conference - December 12 - 14, 2011

The World Hostel Conference is designed to foster the development of the youth accommodations sector of the travel market by bringing together hostel owners, managers, trade associations, software providers, and booking portals from around the world to network and discuss matters related to the hostel industry.

This year’s conference will feature technology for hostels (and how best to leverage it), reports on the hostel scene in various cities around the world, how to improve operations at hostels, regulatory issues facing hostels, and many other relevant matters related to the industry.

Overview of Program Schedule:
The following is a general overview of the program schedule for the conference:

MondayDecember 12th
14:30 — 18:30Registration at HI-Vancouver Central
18:30 — 21:30HI—Vancouver Central Tour & Opening Networking Reception
Sponsored by Hostelling International-Canada-Pacific Mountain Region
TuesdayDecember 13th
8:30 — 9:00Registration at Vancouver Convention Center (continued)
9:00 — 9:15Opening remarks by Michael Tumminia of
9:15 — 9:45Presentation
“Ten years of hostel conferences: Then and now” Presenter:
Ludo Verstraete of St. Christopher’s — Bauhaus Hostel, Bruges, Belgium (via Skype)
10:00 — 10:35Presentation
“Achieving Maximum Results from your hostel” Presenter:
Mike Haney of Newcastle Limited (Owner of Chicago Getaway Hostel), United States
10:40 — 11:20Presentation
“Making ‘Cents’ of Transactional Social Media” Presenter:
Crystal Henrickson of, Canada
11:25 — 11:55Presentation
Report on the Hostel Scene from around the World Presenters:
Maria Argyropoulos-Minos of USA Hostels on San Diego, California
Gal Mor of Abraham Hostels & Abraham Tours on Israel
11:55 — 12:40Presentation
“Managing Multiple Online Channels in Hostel groups” Presenter:
Brian Manning of CMS Hospitality, Australia
12:45 — 14:00Lunch break.
14:00 — 14:25Presentation
“The Ideal hostel rating system” Presenter:
Josh Cohen of, United States
14:25 — 14:45Presentation
“Inside an American Hostel — Ten years in Charleston, South Carolina” Presenter:
Vikki Matsis of Notso Hostel, United States
14:45 — 15:00Coffee break
15:00 — 15:35Presentation
“How to pillow talk with your Destination Marketing Organizations (or tourism organizations) once you have them in bed!” Presenter:
Gary Poliquin of GO Backpackers Hostel, Canada
15:40 — 16:20Presentation
“Are you putting all your eggs in one basket? Manage your online marketing budget to succeed” Presenter:
Manuel Vallés of Internet Advantage, Spain
16:25 — 16:45Presentation
Reports on the Hostel Scene from around the World Presenters:
Magdalene Wan of Matchbox The Concept Hostel on Singapore
Tim Charter of SameSun Backpackers on Vancouver, Canada
18:30 — 21:30SameSun Backpackers Tour & Welcome Reception at the Beaver Lounge, SameSun Backpackers
Sponsored by SameSun Backpackers and Molson Beer
WednesdayDecember 14th
9:00 — 9:45Presentation
“Efficient Hostel Management – A Complete Software Solution: Streamline Processes, Save Time, Increase Revenue, and Drive Profitability.” Presenters:
Andreas Stolz of ASSD, Germany
Tracy Walters of ASSD, United States
9:55 — 10:35Presentation
“How to use benchmarking to evaluate performance and maximize revenue” Presenter:
Fergal McCarthy of HostelBench, Ireland
10:40 — 11:35Presentation
“Social Media, Passion, & Travel” Presenter:
Aaron Nissen of Think! Social Media, Canada
11:40 — 12:20Presentation
“Innovations and Trends in Online Travel” Presenters:
Michael Tumminia of, United States
Jason Baker of, Canada
12:25 — 12:55Presentation
“Unlocking the Mystery of Social Media Distribution in Travel” Presenters:
Jeff Thomas of Appnostic, United States
13:00 — 14:00Lunch.
14:00 — 14:45Presentation
“Selecting and Retaining Great Staff & Best Practices for your Hostel” Presenter:
Jim Kennett of Northwest Portland Hostel, United States
14:45 — 15:00Coffee break
15:00 — 15:30Presentation
Reports on the Hostel Scene from around the World Presenters:
Dan Rose & Max Poppel of the Crash Pad Hostel on Chattanooga, Tennessee
Carles Gras of Equity Point Hostels on Barcelona, Spain
George Finn of HI-NY on New York, United States
15:45 — 16:45Panel discussion — Regulatory Oversight of the Hostel Industry
Moderator: Maria Argyropoulos of USA Hostels Panelists:
Vikki Matsis of the Notso Hostel in Charleston, SC
Rob Cryder, Hostelling International-Canada-Pacific Mountain Region
Tim Charter of SameSun Backpackers.
Oriol Badia of Equity Point Hostels
Gary Poliquin of GO Backpackers Hostel
Aaron Chaffee of HI-USA
16:45 — 17:20Presentation
“Building a Green or Purpose Built Hostel” PresenterAnthony Arts, Founder, Planet Traveler Hostel, Toronto, Canada
17:25 — 18:00Presentation
“Who is the Indie Traveler? and How Hostels Can Target Them” Presenter:
Olivia Raymer, Product Manager, BootsnAll Travel Network
18:15Bus Ride to the Granville Island Brewery
18:30 — 22:30Tour of the Granville Island Brewery and sample some of the finest lager in the world.
Sponsored by

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James Chung

Vancouver Life, Cool Tech & Travel Adventure. Email: [email protected]

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