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The Childers Backpackers Fire happened in 2000 and it had a profound effect on me as a hostel owner.  15 backpackers died and many were injured.  Since 2000, there have been many other hostel fires so fire safety is something every hostel owner should pay attention to.

I routinely talk with aspiring owners to help them realize their dream of owning their own hostel. However, I felt this conversation with aspiring hostel owner, Brett Berghauer, was unique. Brett's questions really seemed to get at the heart of what hostel ownership is all about.

  Headlines in OurHostels - Episode #3 This is a weekly Hostel Management video where we will let you know what's happening on the site and what's new in the world of hosteling.   

Here's the first episode of Headlines in OurHostels.

Everyone has been asking, "What's happened to Rucksack Brian?", "When are we going to be doing Unconferences again?".   Well, I had an opportunity to catch up with Brian in a Zoom call, of course, and in this video, we talk about hostels, the future of our industry, the future of HostelManagement

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"How do I market shared spaces after a virus & pandemic that encouraged us to stay apart??"  This may be one of many questions you're navigating as we begin feeling the hopeful light at the end of the tunnel. 

The idea of starting up a hostel in a foreign land is a dream for many hostel enthusiasts. Usually, this dream comes in the form of a citizen in a "developed" (i.e.

Jimmy Black and Bobby Dyer interviewed Maria Argyropoulos-Minos, the CoFounder of Gaslamp Hostel in San Diego, to learn of her experiences of starting a hostel in 2020 only weeks before the pandemic turned the travel world upside down.  

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Hey everyone, welcome to the February 2021 newsletter. We are now moving toward doing everything via YouTube videos. This means less typing for me and (hopefully) more engaging content for you. Let us know in the comments if you prefer videos or written blog posts.

Announcement!   TUE Mar 2, 4PM PST  Hostel Happy Hour  From HOSPITALITY & MORE w/ Bobby Dyer, Jimmy Black