Hostelworld.com is the world’s number one hostel booking website. The flagship brand of parent company Web Reservations International (WRI), the site was launched in 1999 when a hostel owner and IT entrepreneur identified a niche in the market to introduce online bookings into hostels. Prior to 1999, no technology solution existed which enabled customers to make, and hostels to take, secure confirmed payments via the internet. The company went from strength to strength and has gone on to become the leading provider of online reservations for the budget, independent and youth travel market.
Initially focusing its business on independent and official youth hostels, the site now features campsites, self catering accommodation, B&B’s, and budget hotels and currently lists over 27,000 properties in more than 180 countries.Furthermore Hostelworld.com operates an affiliate program and has successful relationships with over 3,500 distribution partners, including many of the world’s leading brands such as Lonely Planet, Ryanair.com and Travelsupermarket.com amongst many others.