Hostelbookers and PlacesToStay in content sharing deal

Budget accommodation provider Hostelbookers.com has inked a deal to swap inventory with the FEXCO AllTravel-owned website, Placestostay.com.


The deal will hand the number two budget accommodation provider’s portfolio directly into the Placestostay.com website, adding to a growing collection of 25,000 hotel properties.


Hostelbookers.com was launched almost two years ago to tap into the booming independent budget accommodation sector.


The site has grown its inventory to include hostels in 1,300 towns in 109 countries.


Hostelbookers.com general manager David Smith, said: “I’m very familiar with the PlacesToStay programme which offers a good worldwide spread of hotels.


“Its inventory will supplement our accommodation stock by extending choice in countries and locations where our range may be limited.


“This will add another feature to our business, whereby we will be able to offer our customers a wider range of accommodation.”


The inventory will run between the booking systems of the two sites through an XML feed.


Tim Wright, FEXCO AllTravel’s head of distribution and business development, added: “Hostelbookers is an excellent example of a forward-thinking business exploiting a niche travel sector.


“Budget accommodation is becoming more and more popular as travellers look for reasonable value and quality.


“Our inventory deal should help Hostelbookers to drive more sales.”


 

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