As 2017 is coming to an end it is time, to sum up, what exciting has been happening this year in the hostel industry. Without a doubt, the industry is booming, and for the past 2 years, we could see the rise of the boutique and up-scale hostels.

And let’s be honest – hosteliers around the world are so busy with the everyday management of their properties that it’s hard to keep up to date with all the hostel news and trends. Especially if we talk about the fast-developing and changing tourism industry and a hostel sector.

So let’s go through the most interesting events of 2017.


  • The first month of 2017 kicked off with some hostel events: Hostelworld Conference in Dublin and the STAY WYSE in Amsterdam.
  • 2017 has been announced by the UN as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. HI USA launched a campaign to raise awareness among travellers about sustainable tourism, called ‘Pack your Impact’.

Interesting reads:

Sustainable tourism through hostelling – celebrate 2017 with us!


  • Meininger group opens its first hostel in Leipzig.
  • Generator Hostels sold to Queensgate Investments for €450m.

Interesting reads: 

Hostelworld seeks to better define a community amidst declining revenue


  • Hostelling International Canada introduced its new logo and a website – changing from the traditional HI associations logo of orange and blue to the red and white that represents better Canada.


  • Change in the leadership of Generator Hostels: the Queensgate Investments appointed new chief executive Alastair Thomann (since 2015 the CEO of Generator Hostels was Frederik Korallus.
  • Accor opened his first hostel-like brand: JO&JOE in Hossegor, France.
  • Safestay acquired U Hostels, that had two properties in Madrid and one in Paris- the first step for Safestay to establish a pan-European network of hostels.

Interesting reads:

This hostel in Berlin is a clandestine cash cow for North Korea

Generator Hostel chiefs ousted by new owners


  • New youth hostel in Northumberland National Park.
  • Safestay acquired the three Equity Point Hostels: in Barcelona, Lisbon and Prague.
  • New hostel opened in Chernobyl – one of the most radioactive places on the planet, and the Ukrainian government is behind this accommodation.

Interesting reads:

New Purpose-Built Youth Hostel in Northumberland

The weird, wild and wonderful trends in the hostel revolution

OBE honour ‘recognises work of many people’ says Beds&Bars founder


  • Safestay acquired the second property in Barcelona from Equity Point Hostels. Safestay has now 11 properties.
  • Abraham Hostels and Tours is expanding their offerings in Tel Aviv in order to attract more business travellers.

Interesting reads:

How Mews is transforming the way hostels upsell and serve their millennial travellers


  • Generator Hostels obtained funds to build its first hostel in the USA. Until now Generator has 13 locations in Europe all with bars and cafes.


  • YHA united as one organisation in Australia.
  • Hostelworld partnered with Gold Coast Tourism to open the first world’s hostel made out of sand in Australia.
  • UNWTO General Secretary endorses Hostelling International USA’s Sleep for Peace.
  • Hilton announced that it will be launching another brand (inspired by hostels) the so-called ‘hostel on steroids’.

Interesting reads:

Hilton’s New ‘Hostel on Steroids’ Could Help is Steal Millennials from Airbnb

World First ‘Sand Hostel’ built at Kurrawa Beach on Gold Coast


  • Cloudbeds acquired OneRooftop to create a new type of property management system.
  • Patron Capital acquired the Jacobs Inn in Dublin, which will be transformed into a new pod-style hostel branded and managed by CODE Pod Hostel.
  • Worldpackers made changes in their membership plan and only those who buy the annual membership can search, contact, apply and stay with the available hosts.


  • Hostelworld has a new chairman – former Ryanair boss, Michael Cawley.
  • Hostelskills conference in Berlin.
  • Hostel Management ‘Unconference’ in Nazareth.

Interesting reads:

Is your hostel making this common marketing mistake?

Work trade-in hostels


  • Hostelworld joined forces with CarTrawler, which means the possibility of booking a car and other types of transportation via Hostelworld website.
  • Chief financial officer, Mari Hurley leaves Hostelworld.

Interesting reads:

25 travel moments that mattered in 2017

So here it is! My sum up of the past 12 months. Please let me know if you think I missed some important industry news.

Happy New Year!

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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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