World Hostel Conference 2012 in Boston and Jerusalem
World Hostel Conference 2010 - New York City

Program

Sunday Nov. 14th

TimeActivity
11:00 - 18:00Free tour of the Brooklyn Museum
Sponsored by GoMio.com

Monday Nov. 15th

TimeActivity
14:30 - 18:00Registration at the DUMBO Loft
16:00 - 16:30 Opening remarks by Michael Tumminia of GoMio.com
16:30 - 18:30 Opening networking reception at the DUMBO Loft
Sponsored by GoMio.com and TTI Technologies

Tuesday Nov. 16th

TimeActivity
9:00 - 9:45Light breakfast at the DUMBO Loft
Sponsored by Jazz Hostels and Ronnybrook Farms
10:00 - 10:40Presentation: Making Electronic Distribution Standards Work for the Hostelling Industry
Presenter: Valyn Perini of OpenTravel Alliance
10:45 - 11:20Presentation: Innovative Technology for Hostels - Streamline Operations and Increase Security
Presenter: Nancy Carle of TTI Technologies
11:30 - 11.50Presentation: Reports on the Hostel Scene from around the World
Presenters:
- Vikki Matsis of the Notso Hostel on Charleston, South Carolina
- Yaron Burgin of ILH - Israel Hostels on Abraham Hostel Jerusalem
- Jim Zielinski of the Bulldog Hotel on Amsterdam, the Netherlands
11.55 - 12:35Presentation: Getting better online feedback from your guests and managing online reviews.
Presenter: Brian Gehrisch of Rucksack Ventures
12.45 - 14:00Lunch break. Note: See list of lunch venues offering discounts for the conference participants.
14:00 - 14:45Presentation: Business Intelligence for the Hostel Industry
Presenter: Andreas Stolz of ASSD.
14:45 - 15:00Coffee break
15:00 - 15:35Presentation: How to make a social hostel.
Presenter: Chris Bilson of Youth Hostel Plakias
15:40 - 16:20Presentation: Make your website a successful sales tool via references from social networks and search engine friendly sources.
Presenter: Soraya García Merino of Internet Advantage
16.25 - 16.45Presentation: Reports on the Hostel Scene from around the World
Presenters:
- Iuliana Csapo of the Transylvania Hostel on Hostels in Romania
- Chris Syvertsen of Bohemian Hostels on Prague, Czech Republic
- Mat Meadows of Chicago Getaway Hostel on Chicago, Illinois
17:30 - 19:30HI-New York Tour & Welcome Reception at the HI-NY Ballroom
Tour of North America's biggest hostel followed by reception
Sponsored by HI-New York

Wednesday Nov. 17th

TimeActivity
9:00 - 9:45Light breakfast at the DUMBO Loft
Sponsored by Jazz Hostels and Ronnybrook Farms
10:00 - 10:40Presentation:What is a bed bug? And how can hostels avoid them and treat them?
Presenter: Louis Sorkin of the American Museum of Natural History.
10.45 - 11:25Presentation:Getting involved with local tourism agencies is good for hostels.
Presenters:
- Gary Poliquin of GO Backpackers Hostel
- Joao Teixeira of Alfama Patio Hostel and Portuguese Hostel Association.
11.30 - 12:00Presentation: Overview of the "new" GoMio.
Presenter: Michael Tumminia of GoMio.com
12.05 - 12:20Presentation: The Evolution of Traveling - Overview of Rideamigos.com.
Presenter: Jeffrey Chernick of Rideamigos
12.25 - 12:55Presentation: Upcoming trends in location-based review services: Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp, Google Places, Facebook Places, augmented reality apps and mobile devices.
Presenter: Josh Cohen of HostelManagement.com
13:00 - 14:00Lunch. Note: See list of lunch venues offering discounts for conference participants.
14:00 - 14:45Presentation:Dynamic Rates and Yield Management in Hostels
Presenter: Andrew Guzowski of OnLine Systems
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 - 15:30Presentation: Non-traditional marketing for hostels
Presenter: Roland Solenthaler of 1291 Bed & Breakfast
15:40 - 16:45 Panel discussion: - Regulatory Oversight of the Hostel Industry - A good thing or a bad thing for Hostels?
Moderators: Maria Argyropoulos of USA Hostels & Michael Tumminia of GoMio.com
Panelists:
- Gary Poliquin of GO Backpackers Hostel
- Vikki Matsis Vikki Matsis of the Notso Hostel in Charleston, SC
- Yaron Burgin Yaron Burgin of Israel Hostels
- Jim Zielinski Jim Zielinski of the Bulldog Hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Mathias Schwender Mathias Schwender of Bohemian Hostels in Prague, Czech Republic
- Jay Segal Jay Segal of Greenburg Traurig
- Ludwig Ottenbreit Ludwig Ottenbreit of the A&O Hotels & Hostels in Germany, Austria & the Czech Republic
- Sandra Nielsen Sandra Nielsen of Backpacker Network Germany
- Jim Williams Jim Williams of the Hostel Handbook
16:50 - 17:25Presentation: The Career Break Movement - Potential new customers for Hostels.
Presenter: Michaela Potter of Briefcase to Backpack and Meet, Plan, Go! And Teresa Gotay of the Art of Backpacking
17:30 - 18:00Presentation: The Making of "A Map for Saturday" a film exploring the subculture of long-term travel.
Presenter: Brook Silva-Braga of Earthchild Productions
18:10 - 18:30School Bus Ride to the Brooklyn Brewery
18:30 - 20:30Tour of the Brooklyn Brewer and sample some of the finest lager in the world
Sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery
20.30 - 22:30Bowling at the Brooklyn Bowl