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Monday, Nov. 5th

Activity

10:00 – 13:00

FREE TOUR – Old City Tour with SANDEMANs New Europe Tours
Space is limited! Please contact SANDEMANs NEW Europe to reserve your spot before October 28th

15:00 – 18:00

Registration at Abraham Hostel

18:00 – 21:00

Opening Network Reception at HI Jerusalem – Agron
Sponsored by GoMio.com

 

Tuesday, Nov. 6th

Activity

08:30 – 09:00

Registration at Menachem Begin Heritage Center  (continued)

09:00 – 09:45

Opening remarks:

Jaclyn Godin - GoMio.com
Yaron Burgin - Abraham Hostel
Eli Nachmias - Jerusalem Municipality Tourism            Department

09:50 – 10:20

Presentation:
"Luxury Hostels of Europe- Rebranding the image of hostels"

Presenter:
Kash Bhattacharya – Budget Traveller

10:25 – 10:55

Presentation:
“Israel and Middle East Backpacking- Vision to Reality”

Presenter:
Yaron Burgin – Abraham Hostel

11:00 – 11:30

Presentation:
“Update on the hostel scene in Barcelona and Berlin”

Presenters:
Carles Gras – Equity Point Hostels
Alexander Skora - SleepCheapHostel.com & the Happy Go Lucky Hotel + Hostel in Berlin

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee Break (balcony upstairs)

11:50 – 12:30

Presentation:
StayWyse Research”

Presenter:
David ChapmanStayWyse Board Member

12:30 – 13:00

Presentation:
“Travel metrics, trends and average bed rates per major city and the importance of data to know where to invest in"

Presenter:
Fergal McCarthy – Hostelbench

13:00 – 14:00  

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30

Presentation:
“Roomixer.com”

Presenter:
Liran Jakob

14:35 – 15:05

Presentation:
“Put Your Hostel on the mAPP”

Presenter:
Julie Waldman – Digital Footsteps

15:10 – 15:40

Presentation:
“Update on the hostel scene in New York City and Interlaken”

Presenters:
George Finn – HI New York
Catherin Quirin
– Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof in Interlaken

15:40 – 15:55

Coffee Break (balcony upstairs)

15:55 – 16:35

Panel Discussion:
“Next generation hostels and rebranding the hostel industry”

Moderator:
Ayal Zaum – AyalZaum.com

Panellists:

George Finn – HI New York
Maoz Inon – Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth
Carles Gras – Equity Point Hostels
Brian Gehrisch – Hostelmanagement.com

16:40 – 17:15

Presentation:
“Cool trends in online travel and how they impact the hostel industry: TripTrotting

Presenter:
Aigerim Shorman - TripTrotting  (via Skype from Los Angeles, California)

19:00 – 22:00

Abraham Hostel Jerusalem Welcome Reception Sponsored by Abraham Hostels

 

Wednesday, Nov. 7th

Activity

09:00 – 09:30

Presentation:
“Update on the hostel scene in Singapore and Osnabrück

Presenters:
Magdalene Wan – Matchbox Singapore
Cathrin Eszbach – Penthouse Backpackers

09:35 – 10:00

Presentation:
“The importance of networking – lessons learned from the Backpacker Network Germany”

Presenter:
Cathrin Eszbach – Penthouse Backpackers

10:05 – 10:30

Presentation:
Engaging responsible tourism in hostels

Presenter:
Maoz Inon - Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth

10:35 – 10:50

Coffee Break (balcony upstairs)

10:55 – 11:25

Presentation:
“Simplify the desk, focus on the guest!"

Presenter:
Chris LivermoreHostelhub

11:30 – 12:00

Presentation:
“Israel tourism product and the FIT traveler”

Presenter:
Oren Drori - Senior Deputy Director General & Head of the Marketing Administration Israel Ministry of Tourism

12:05 – 12:30

Presentation:
“Credit cards 101: Making credit cards work for your hostel”

Presenter:
Darren Webb - PMDW

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 13:55

Presentation:
“The Cloud, The Group and The Yield: How you can have it all in a PMS”

Presenter:
Craig Dennington - CMS

14:00 – 14:35

Presentation:
“Hostel events and activities as means of increasing income for your hostel”

Presenter:
Gal Mor – Abraham Tours

14:35 – 15:05

Presentation:
“Update on the hostel scene in Athens and Amsterdam”

Presenters:
Sofia LizzioAthenStyle
Mario Gallo - M&J Hostel Rome

15:05 – 15:20

Coffee Break (balcony upstairs)

15:25 – 16:00

Presentation:
“New trends in hostel software technology: Mobile bookings; Group & agent web bookings; Restriction; Rate & channel management” 

Presenter:
Andreas Stolz – ASSD

16:05 – 16:30

Presentation:
“Social travelling: How GoMio’s suite of social travel tools can help travelers make decisions on their accommodations and connect to other backpackers and locals”

Presenter:
Dani Herraiz  – GoMio.com
Matthias Kiefer – GoMio.com

16:35 – 17:00

Presentation:
“Update on the hostel scene in Boston”

Presenter:
Bria Schecker – 40Berkley Hostel Boston

19:30 – 22:45

Closing Social Event at The Toy Bar in central Jerusalem
Sponsored by GoMio.com, Donna Italia, and Abraham Hostels

Overview

The following is a list of some of the topics being covered at this year’s conference:
  • Innovative technologies and how to best leverage them at your hostel.
  • Hostel events & activities as means of increasing income for your hostel.
  • Engaging responsible tourism in hostels.
  • "Next generation" hostels: Rebranding the hostel industry.
  • Best practices to improve hostel operations.
  • Cool trends in online travel and how they impact the hostel industry.
  • Updates on the hostel scene from around the world from various hostel owners and managers.
  • The importance of staff training and advancement opportunities and career paths in the hostel industry.
  • Trends in the regulatory oversight of hostels.
  • Overview of the hostel industry in the United States.
  • Travel metrics, trends and average bed rates per major city and the importance of data to know where to invest in.
  • Overview of the hostel scene in several cities and countries, including
    New York, Singapore, Athens, Interlaken (Switzerland), Boston, Israel, Amsterdam, and Osnabrück (Germany).


Sponsors 2012

Abraham Hostels
ASSD Hostel and Hotel Management Software
CMS Hospitality
New Europe Tours Sandeman