There is this trend that each industry has its own conferences. The ones for the hospitality and the tourism industry are nothing new. However, they usually tend to be big and mostly focused on hotels.

But there are few conferences that are designed for the smaller budget accommodations, hostels, bed & breakfasts. Where they try to focus on the solutions, problems and news, dedicated directly to this part of the hospitality industry.

To be honest with you so far I have participated only in one hostel conference (and hopefully in the future I will in more) but it doesn’t change the fact I do believe it is worth it!


Learning new things

The main idea of the events like conferences is to share knowledge within the industry. So it is obvious you get the possibility of learning new skills and getting fresh news and solutions.


Behind the scene, this is what conference is all about – getting to know new people from your field, exchange of contacts and starting new partnerships.

To be honest I think ‘networking’ is just another, professional name for making new friends from the hostel community.

Finding new opportunities for your business

It is connected with the reason mentioned above. New partnerships can mean new opportunities for your hostel to develop. Also, you will get for sure some new ideas and different overlooks in this industry.


Conferences can be a perfect excuse for escaping from work for a short period of time. After all, you are going to ‘work’, right? Just that, this time remotely 🙂

Because hostel conferences usually take place in different cities and locations around the world.

Informal parties

Yes, you read good – parties. That’s one of the reasons to go to conferences too. Welcoming meetings and ending parties are always an opportunity to discuss things in a relaxed atmosphere over the beer (well what kind of hostel event would it be if it wouldn’t include at least a little bit of alcohol).


Hostel Skills
hostelskills conference logo

Source: HostelSkills Conference Website

Dedicated to the hostel business. Tho it is a young conference, it organized already 5 events and the 6 one is coming soon. Each edition covers different topics like revenue management, staff management, hostel operation. marketing, etc. Although there are many different speakers there is one thing that connects them all: a passion for the hostel industry.

Our mission is to create a strong global network of hostel professionals dedicated to sharing experiences, knowledge and skills.

Hostel Skills Conference (Source: Official Website of the conference)

For who: For the hostel owners, managers, staff and service providers.

Next conference: 11-12 April 2019, Prague, Czech Republic

Price: Early Bird tickets – 99€, Service providers price – 499€ (the prices do not include accommodation)

Unconferences by HostelManagement

This ‘conferences’ are actually not conferences. They are organized by and are informal events. 2,5 days full of discussions and socializing between hostel operators. Don’t expect presentations and talks on a big stage. This events are all about collaboration and exchanging experience, all in small groups.

The Unconference is an opportunity to meet other hostel managers and talk about issues that affect hostels

The Hostel Management Unconference (Source: Official website of

For who: Hostel operators – people who work in hostels

Next Conference:

Price: Early Bird tickets – 60€, Regular – 70€, Subscribers of HostelManagement site registered during the Early Bird period – 50€ (the hostel where the event takes place, offers free accommodation in a shared dormitory and a 50% discount for the private rooms)

HostelWorld Conference

Conference organized by It is an annual event, up until now taking place in Dublin. What you should expect are presentations, speeches and panel discussions regarding economic, marketing, trends in the travel and hospitality industry. One of the best parts of the event is the ‘annual celebration’ aka party in Guinness Storehouse and of course the possibility to network with the hostel community.

For who: For the hostel professionals on request – usually the attendance is restricted to 2 representatives from each hostel

Next conference:  To be announced

Price: Free (accommodation is not included)


badge for the hostelworld conference attendees

STAY WYSE Conference

This hostel conference gathers in one place professionals and businesses operating in the youth travel accommodation sector. The event consists of:

  • business appointments which you can arrange before, with the attendees,
  • educational sessions consisting of presentations and speakers, talking about the news from the hostel industry field
  • social programme.

For who: hostel operators, businesses involved in youth travel accommodation, travel agents, etc.

Next conference: Amsterdam

Price: You can find detailed pricing in here

American Hostel Conference

The first American conference for hostels organized by The Notso Hostel in Charleston, SC.

The US Hostel Conference is a three-day event presented by The Notso Hostel, highlighting ideas and workable solutions for growing your hostel with profit and purpose. This conference is for hostel industry experts, owners, managers and those who dream of opening a hostel.

The American Hostel Conference (Source: Official website of the conference)

For who: hostel staff, owners and managers, customer service driven companies, travellers and people interested in the hostel industry

Next event:

Price: 303,92$- three days; 86,21$- one day.

International Hostel Staff Meeting

In other words a big party for all the people who work in the hostels. Organized by the chain of Wombat’s Hostels.

For who: hostel staff

Next event:

Price: Free for the hostel staff (accommodation included)


International Travel Trade in Berlin (ITB Berlin)

One of the biggest international travel trade show in the world. So at least once you should be there!

For who: Each person interested in the hospitality and travel industry

Next:  6-10 March, Berlin, Germany

Price: You can find detailed pricing in here

As the hostel industry evolves there will be probably more events directed to it. Conferences  (and ‘unconferences‘) are always a good idea for getting to know better the hostel community and gaining new knowledge.

And if hostels are about being social than for sure conferences are a reflection of this.

If you’ve heard about any other hostel event, please let me know in the comments.

Hope we will meet at one of those events soon!

P.S. This article is available also in Polish.

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Posted by Ewa Gabara

Posted by Ewa Gabara

Founder of Don’t Mess With The Receptionist. I geek out on hostels and I’m a long-time receptionist turned into a copywriter. I help the hospitality and travel brands conquer the world with words.

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