OK. So all hostel owners want to generate higher occupancy and pay less to fill the beds. Right now, 80%+ of all bookings require a commission be paid to a 3rd party (OTA).
But each hostel ALREADY POSSESSES THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM! It's crazy to even think that, but each of you do.
The data you collect at check-in is the key to generating more direct bookings. And you're NOT DOING ANYTHING with the data right now. Admit it, it's just taking up space on a computer.
If, instead, you shared that data with all the other hostels, and they shared their data with you, you'd know exactly who was traveling to your hostel next and we could send emails to them to book directly through your website.
This is what my company, CHASQUI, will solve.
So- If I'm traveling to Rio for Carnaval and want to go to Sao Paulo next, when I check-in and fill out the guest registration card (name, nationality, age, etc), I will indicate where I'm going next (Sao Paulo). I 100% haven't made reservations yet and am very unlikely to know about any of the hostels (which is why I would use hostelworld or booking). Instead, the hostel in Rio shares this check-in data with CHASQUI, and the hostels in Sao Paulo will be able to advertise their hostel availability directly to this person via email. In return, the hostel in Rio will see the check-in data from the Sao Paulo hostels and advertise their hostel availability to their guests.
SHARING DATA IS THE KEY TO YOUR PROBLEMS. CHASQUI is the first company that is focused on helping you turn your data into money.
I have commitments from hostels in Rio, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Cusco, La Paz, Medellin, Cali, Bogota, Lima and many more. This works when everyone participates.
Happy to answer questions here or via email ([email protected]).