Dear Hostel Management Readers,
It is with mixed emotions that I write this to inform you of some upcoming changes to HostelManagement.com and to solicit your input.
Over the past several years, HostelManagement.com has rapidly grown into the largest resource of free business information for the hostel industry worldwide, with over 5,000 pages of content, thousands of visitors per week, and over 1 million website pageviews per year. Thousands of you have come together to contribute your thoughts, questions, ideas, advice, and generally support and encourage the hostel industry at large.
Offline events, meetings and connections have taken place across the globe, and friendships have been forged that supersede ordinary business colleague relations. You have taken this site beyond a resource of information and turned it into a worldwide hostel community. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to all of you for your involvement and your continued enthusiasm for hostels.
How HostelManagement.com Has Been Funded:
HostelManagement.com began years ago as my personal project, and was funded directly out of my pocket. Until recently, HostelManagement.com also received funding from consulting, marketing, web design, and other hostel-related services performed by a small dedicated team under my management. We are no longer able to take new clients due to time constraints. Unfortunately, with the end of that income source, the funding for HostelManagement.com is now once again coming directly from me, which is not sustainable. The cost of running HostelManagement.com is in the tens of thousands of dollars per year, not including the countless hours I've spent developing it and the thousands of emails that I send and receive each year on its behalf. The site is simply beyond my means to financially support alone.
I am looking for a long-term solution.
Since the amount of cash that HostelManagement.com currently holds is nearing its end, and I cannot continue to pay for the project's bills myself, a solution needs to be found quickly.
Some ideas that have been discussed are:
- Turn HostelManagement.com into a registered non-profit organization that might be eligible for grants to develop the backpacker industry worldwide, or in specific regions.
- Find philanthropists or investors who believe in the mission of promoting the hostel industry who would be willing to donate or invest in the cause. I believe that the resources on HostelManagement.com are the best in the hostel industry and that they have already had a dramatic impact on hostel businesses worldwide. Through the support of outside funding there is even more potential for HostelManagement.com to grow and develop even further in the future well beyond the limits of my personal support alone.
- Allow HostelManagement.com members to show their support of the site by installing a Donate button for voluntary financial contributions. HostelManagement.com has never been a paid service, and will continue to be free for everyone in order to build a stronger community and to facilitate a greater combined knowledge of the hostel industry. Those members who feel that they have benefited from the site would be welcome (but not required) to offer any amount that they saw fit in order to support the cause.
- Allow advertisers to place ads on the website. Since the beginning I have always been adamant about keeping HostelManagement.com advertisement-free, but it is getting down to the choice of putting advertisements on the site or taking the site offline. There would be just a few advertisers, and the ads would be in the header or sidebar. This would be a last resort if another solution cannot be quickly found.
Once again, on behalf of the HostelManagement.com team, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to making this site the leading resource for hostel information online and for making it the rewarding community that it has become! If you have any feedback or suggestions, I would like to hear them. My email address is [email][email protected][/email].
Founder & Webmaster