I think the technology is great and the idea of knowing where (who) your referrals are coming from is very useful.
However, I would be very skeptical of a recommendation from a fellow backpacker if I knew they personally would earn a commission from my booking. I don't think I would have this concern if I knew a charity would benefit.
I think this tool could be useful to track and incentivise staff for giving referrals. I am already expecting staff to be biased and in favour of their hostel (so I'd be expecting a recommendation anyway) but I also know that they are generally badly-paid and I would be happy to help them out like this.
There is definitely a place for rewarding those who are ambassadors for your hostel but it's getting the balance right and keeping the technology simple!
Let us know how you get on?
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