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Hostelworld
20 years on

A Look Back and Ahead to the Future of Hostelling

From 28th to 30th January 2019
The Helix – DCU, Glasnevin

The 2019 Hostelworld Conference – celebrating 20 years of helping travellers meet the world

The Hostelworld Conference is back for its 15th consecutive year, and this event is bound to be bigger than ever as we hit an exciting milestone… our 20th year of hostel industry expertise!

That’s two decades of valuable experience and learnings into the constantly evolving needs of intrepid hostel travellers. At the 2019 conference we will delve deeper into our wealth of data-driven insights, looking into the future of hostelling like never before.

We wouldn’t be here 20 years on without our valued hostel partners, which is why next year we’ll be doing more listening. We want to spark relevant discussions that address your specific needs whilst exploring what’s next for our thriving industry. This will include a State of the Hostel Union address by our CEO Gary Morrison.

The Helix – DCU, Glasnevin

From 28th to 30th January 2019

19.00h
Registration & Welcome Drinks

08.30h
Registration & Meet the Hostelworld Team

09.00h
Conference Welcome

09.15h
CEO Address

09.45h
CEO Q&A

10.00h
Evolution of the Hostel Guest – 20 Year Lookback

10.40h
Networking Coffee Break

11.00h
Keynote Speaker – Ken Hughes

12.00h
Hostel Panel – Evolution of Hostels

12.45h
Networking lunch

14.00h
Breakout Sessions & Roundtables

15.00h
Breakout Sessions & Roundtables

16.00h
Hostelworld Product Update – Breffni Horgan

17.00h
Closing Comments

19.00h
Hostelworld Party – Party Like It’s 1999

09.15h
Networking Breakfast

10.00h
Welcome

10.05h
Keynote Speaker – Sebastian Terry

10.50h
Hostel Panel – Safety & Security

11.35h
Networking Coffee Break

12.00h
Role of Data & Technology – Catriona Flood & Noel Maher

13.00h
Closing Summary

13.15h
Networking Lunch & Meet the Hostelworld Team

14.30h
Conference Ends

Speakers

Gary Morrison

Chief Executive Officer, Hostelworld

Breffni Horgan

Chief Product Officer, Hostelworld

Paul Halpenny

Chief Revenue Officer, Hostelworld

Cathy Thomson

Head of Customer Experience Management, Hostelworld

Sebastian Terry

Founder of 100Things.com.au

Noel Maher

Chief Technical Officer, Hostelworld

Ken Hughes

Consumer & Shopper Behaviouralist

Catriona Flood

Director of Strategy & Planning, Hostelworld

Natalie Solebo

Brand Manager, Hostelworld

Oonagh Cremins

Owner & Director,  The Innovate Room

Patrick Whyte

Europe Editor, SKIFT

Plan Your Visit

The Helix

This year’s Hostelworld Conference will take place at, The Helix located on Dublin City University’s campus. Recently awarded the title of Ireland’s Best Purpose-Built Event Venue, the Helix is the perfect mix of modernity and comfort to host our conference.

The Odeon

Following our conference Tuesday evening, January 29th our Hostelworld Conference Party will be hosted at The Odeon on Harcourt Street from 7:30pm. This popular party venue is centrally located, providing memorable parties in the most decadent surroundings.

See what past attendees say

“I believe it is essential for anyone who wishes to grow their hostel, and see how the market is trending, to attend this conference.”

Pete Edwards
Director of Sales, Samesun Backpacker Hostels, Canada & USA

“The Hostelworld conference is invaluable to us every year. In a fast-growing industry, we learn about vital new trends. No two years are the same. Just as valuable is the chance to exchange with our Hostelworld partners and other hostel teams. We always gain important new insights and new ideas.”

Arno von dem Bussche
Co-owner Villa Saint Exupery, Nice

Who’s Coming?

700+ Hostel Owners and Managers from more than 50 countries

Be part of the hostel industry’s largest conference and see first hand what Hostelworld is building for the future!

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