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Hostelworld Celebrates 20th Birthday with Epic Global Party Tour



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With the likes of Mariah Carey and 50 Cent apparent fans of hostel travel—where low prices, shared accommodations and sociable common areas reign supreme—it’s no wonder that this hospitality category is going gangbusters. In fact, findings from Phoscuswright’s Global Hostel Marketplace 2016-2020 in one published report indicate tremendous hostel market growth, which is estimated to reach a whopping $6.4 billion in 2020. That’s a lot of revenue for an industry that hangs its hat on reasonable prices that are often well below market-standards.

One company doing more than its fair share to spur the success of this sector is Hostelworld, the leading hostel-focused online booking platform. In fact, their new travel report found that recent travelers who went on extended trips of three weeks or more, visiting multiple destinations, over four in five (81%) chose to stay in hostels.

Exemplifying this burgeoning sector popularity, Hostelworld recently showcased its longevity by  celebrating its 20th year anniversary in epic form this summer, having thrown 20 parties over 20 days in 20 countries worldwide. The company’s “20 Years Young” parties as they were coined were hosted in all corners of the globe—from San Diego, Marrakech, Paris, Tokyo and beyond, ultimately coming to a wrap in London. The parties, with each themed around a particular year among the last twenty, lit up social media thanks to venues that were kitted out with party props as well as the bevy of travel influencers who hosted games and activities with much fanfare. This included a collective of Instagram Live streams said to have helped bring guests together in a way only the true hostel experience can.

If you need more convincing about how grand Hostelworld’s “20 Years Young” party tour was, just read the schedule below to appreciate how awe-inspiring this celebration was.

1. Berlin, Germany: St. Christopher’s Berlin Mitte – Party Like It’s 1999
2. San Diego, USA: USA Hostels Ocean Beach – Millennium Party
3. Cancun, Mexico: Selina Cancun Downtown – Double Denim Party
4. Tayrona National Park, Colombia: Viajero Tayrona Hostel Colombia – Sk8er Party
5. Phuket, Thailand: Lub D Phuket – Under the Sea Party
6. Barcelona, Spain: Unite Hostel Barcelona – Funky Gym Party
7. Montreal, Canada: M Montreal Hostel – Jungle Party
8. Siem Reap, Cambodia: White Rabbit Hostel – Farewell Pluto Party
9. Sydney, Australia: Wake Up! Sydney Central – Pirate Party
10. Paris, France: JO&JOE Paris Gentilly – Lost Temple Party
11. Tel Aviv, Israel: Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv – Vampire Party
12. Ubud, Indonesia: Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel – Greek Myths Party
13. Cusco, Peru: Wild Rover Hostel Cusco – Witches and Wizards Party
14. Marrakech, Morocco Rodamon Riad Marrakech Hostel – Superhero Party
15. Goa, India: Jungle by Thehostelcrowd – Festival Party
16. Venice, Italy: Wombats City Hostel Venice Mestre – Emoji Party
17. Tokyo, Japan: Emblem Hostel Nishiarai – #MeetTheWorld Party
18. Sao Paulo, Brazil: O de Casa Hostel Bar – Unicorn Party
19. Lisbon, Portugal: The Independente Hostel & Suites – Superstar Party
20. London, England: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage – Birthday Party

“The hostels for each of our events had been carefully selected to provide guests with the best possible experience, as we know today’s travelers expect far more than just a bed for the night from their accommodation,” noted a Hostelworld spokesperson. “As well as being perfectly located to explore, party guests were greeted by fabulous amenities like a cinema room in Mexico, a Muay Thai boxing ring in Thailand, and morning yoga in Indonesia.”

According to research by Hostelworld, it seems meeting and commiserating with people from all over the world is of escalating importance to American travelers, ranking “social space as the most important consideration when choosing where to stay,” which is certainly an area where hostels excel. “Another factor helping spur category growth is the importance of free activities that hostels often offer their guests,” the company spokesperson said.

Keeping the celebration going, Hostelworld continues to offer killer deals and free activities that help travelers make lasting memories. For example, USA Hostels Ocean Beach in San Diego offers visitors free shuttles to La Jolla and Tijuana, in addition to relaxing yoga classes and social barbeques.

So if you have that itch to get out of Dodge this fall, holiday or beyond and are looking to save a buck or two in the process—and meet and mingle with some interesting folks along the way—give a hostel stay a go. It just might result in the most memorable adventure of your lifetime.


As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIN


***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***




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Colorado’s economic recovery to retain momentum through April, new forecast says



Colorado’s economic recovery to retain momentum through April, new forecast says

Colorado’s economy may need several more months to regain the jobs lost during the pandemic, but in terms of output or GDP, it bounced back to pre-pandemic levels as of September, according to ColoradoCast, a new short-term economic forecast.

“We are certainly in a growth mode in the Colorado economy. We don’t expect that to change,” said Phyllis Resnick, executive director of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University, which produces ColoradoCast.

The model, developed by Resnick and economist Steven Fisher, calls for Colorado’s economy to grow at a 6.45% annual rate in April. That’s down from an estimated 10% rate currently, but still robust by historical standards and enough to keep hiring strong.

ColoradoCast tries to fill in the gap left by annual forecasts, such as the Colorado Business Economic Outlook, which the University of Colorado Boulder released on Monday, by predicting monthly changes in state GDP six months out.

Unlike statistics on jobs and unemployment, state GDP numbers lag by several months. To bridge that gap, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia produces a Coincident Economic Activity Index for Colorado and other states that tries to predict where GDP growth is at.

ColoradoCast tries to predict where that coincident index is headed by studying six indicators: the yield curve, the risk premium carried in corporate bonds, job counts at temporary agencies and other employment service providers, home prices as measured by the Case-Shiller index for Denver, initial unemployment claims and changes in the Wilshire 5000 stock index.

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Aviation-themed brewery lands new location in a former air traffic control tower



Aviation-themed brewery lands new location in a former air traffic control tower

Aviation-themed beer-maker FlyteCo Brewing has landed an apt site for its second location: The historic air traffic control tower at the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver.

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Pac-12 coaching carousel: Oregon’s unsurprising vacancy, Kelly and Wilcox as candidates, Whittingham’s unknown end-game



Pac-12 coaching carousel: Oregon’s unsurprising vacancy, Kelly and Wilcox as candidates, Whittingham’s unknown end-game

Oregon has employed five football coaches in the past quarter century. Only one was hired from outside the program.

Willie Taggart didn’t work out so well for the Ducks.

Will they get it right this time around?

The national search that began yesterday, after Mario Cristobal’s departure to Miami, should follow one of two paths:

Either the Ducks will hire a coach with no ties to the university or the West Coast, which greatly increases the flight risk after a few years.

Or they will select a coach whose personal roots are close enough to Autzen Stadium to make stability and longevity the likely outcome.

But step back from those trees, and there is a forest to survey.

As Oregon resets its football program one week from the early-signing window for recruits, the Ducks’ chief rivals are positioned to pounce on the opportunity.

Oregon State has the ideal head coach in place, Jonathan Smith, and more momentum than has existed in Corvallis in years.

Washington has a new head coach, Kalen DeBoer, and early indications of stability and momentum.

Meanwhile, the snoozing giant of the West Coast is wide awake and corralling five-star recruits seemingly by the day. With Lincoln Riley in charge at USC, the pressure on Oregon to get this hire right has soared.

The Pac-12 also needs the Ducks to make a smart hire. It needs Oregon to compete at the highest level nationally, just as it needs USC and Washington to maximize their potential.

This is a momentous stretch for the conference, with its three top football brands changing coaches in the same offseason against the backdrop of enormous change across the sport:

— The likely expansion of the College Football Playoff.

— The drafting of a new NCAA constitution that will result in more autonomy for major college football programs.

— The implementation of name, image and likeness compensation opportunities for players, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on Alston vs. NCAA that changes the economic model.

And closer to home, the Pac-12 is approximately 12 months from renegotiating its media rights.

The collective value is tied to the strength of its best teams — the teams that generate TV ratings and churn out first-round draft picks and compete for playoff berths.

Because of their tradition, facilities, recruiting prowess and wealthy donor bases, USC, Oregon and Washington are best equipped to compile the rosters and hire the coaches required to compete for playoff berths and national championships.

They are the only Pac-12 programs to have either won a national title in the past 50 years or reached the College Football Playoff.

If all three are thriving, the conference thrives.

We believe the Trojans and Huskies got their hires right, however different Riley and DeBoer might be in reputation and profile.

Now, it’s Oregon’s turn. On so many levels, the Ducks cannot afford to miss.

*Note on the analysis below: Teams are listed from most likely to least likely to experience a vacancy (and alphabetically with ties).

OregonCoach: VacantComment: A national search is underway. Will the Ducks make a run at the biggest names available, like Iowa State’s Matt Campbell or Baylor’s Dave Aranda? Or will they focus on coaches with ties to the school or roots on the West Coast, like Auburn’s Bryan Harsin, Cal’s Justin Wilcox or even UCLA’s Chip Kelly? The Hotline pegged the likelihood of a vacancy in Eugene at 30% or more recently, but we underestimated the situation. Representatives of Cristobal and Miami had been deeply engaged for weeks.Chance of vacancy: 100% (last week: 30%)

UtahCoach: Kyle WhittinghamComment: No change in our outlook. The dominating victory in the conference championship and the school’s first-ever appearance in the Rose Bowl could lead to Whittingham calling it quits. There are no visible signs or public utterances to indicate he’s considering retirement. But he has endured the deaths of two players; he turned 62 recently; he has loads of grandkids in the Salt Lake City area; and he just became the winningest coach in school history, with his first Pac-12 championship in tow. And the whispers about his future that began many weeks ago have not subsided.Chance of vacancy: 55% (last week: 55%)

UCLACoach: Chip KellyComment: Our assessment has changed with the creation of a vacancy in Eugene. A faction of influential Oregon constituents are interested in bringing Kelly back. Whether or not that faction wins the day, so to speak, is unknown. But if Oregon makes an offer — say, in the $6 million range (annually) — we do not expect the Bruins to match. Kelly has one year left on his contract, so UCLA is staring at an extension situation. But is there enough support for Kelly to justify a commitment of four or five more years? It’s fascinating, and tricky. Some members of UCLA’s power base might view an Oregon offer as an escape hatch.Chance of vacancy: 20% (last week: 1%)

CalCoach: Justin WilcoxComment: If Oregon prioritizes stability, Wilcox will receive strong consideration. He played for Oregon; his father and brother played for Oregon; he was born in Eugene. Essentially, he bleeds green. The Ducks couldn’t find a better defensive coach, but they would need to look beyond his record at Cal, where challenges exist that cannot be found elsewhere. And Wilcox would need to sell the Ducks on his plan to produce a top-notch offense.Chance of vacancy: 15% (last week: 10%)

Arizona StateCoach: Herm EdwardsComment: Edwards has the energy and desire to return, so retirement is off the table. But we are allowing for the possibility that the NCAA investigation eventually makes the status quo untenable. Of course, the NCAA might not get around to a decision on the recruiting scandal until the 2030s.Chance of vacancy: 5% (last week: 5%)

StanfordCoach: David ShawComment: Shaw isn’t getting fired, but we are leaving room — a fleck of a wisp of a chance — that he leaves for the NFL. Far more relevant is the situation with his staff. Will he makes changes, or plow forward with the same group that oversaw the Cardinal’s worst season in 15 years?Chance of vacancy: 0.1% (last week: 0.1%)

ArizonaCoach: Jedd FischComment: Despite the worst full season in program history, Fisch’s return has never been in question — he’ll have at least three and perhaps four years to turn the Wildcats around. He didn’t take long to find a defensive coordinator, grabbing Johnny Nansen off the UCLA staff. Nansen has years of experience recruiting Los Angeles, so the Wildcats seemingly have upgraded their recruiting but lost ground strategically. They weren’t going to do better than Don Brown.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

ColoradoCoach: Karl DorrellComment: There will be no change at the top in Boulder. After three head coaches in 18 months, the Buffaloes picked Dorrell in large part because of the stability he offered.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

Oregon StateCoach: Jonathan SmithComment: Smith’s contract extension, through the 2027 season, works out to approximately $4 million per year. It’s a major bump from his current deal and places him in the middle of the conference hierarchy. For now. Given the rate of change and accompanying salary escalation, Smith could be on the bottom tier by next month.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

USCCoach: Lincoln RileyComment: The staff creation continues, and there’s a distinct Oklahoma feel. Nothing wrong with that — the Sooners have recruited California and Arizona as well as any program in the Pac-12 on a dollar-for-dollar, hour-for-hour basis. It’s not like they need directions to Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

WashingtonCoach: Kalen DeBoerComment: The DeBoer hiring looks ho-hum compared to USC’s move, but that could be an optical illusion. We strongly suspect the Huskies got it right with DeBoer and have been impressed with his staff moves thus far. The contract pays an average of $3.3 million over five years, but it won’t last to the end. Either DeBoer will have a raise in hand after two or three years, or he’ll be gone after four.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 100%)

Washington StateCoach: Jake DickertComment: Dickert hasn’t wasted much time filling out his offensive staff, hiring Incarnate Word coach Eric Morris as the playcaller. Morris is from the Air Raid tree, but we suspect the Cougars will adhere to some run-and-shoot principles. Don’t expect 60 passes a game, in other words.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

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