New entrant to the hospitality industry with a strong inclincation towards shared living spaces and shared experiences. I recently read an article on Local Productive Arrangements (LPAs) within the São Francisco Valley viticulture network. Without getting overly technical, the article suggests that different farmers, wineries, brands, and retailers in the region operate more successfully as a collective network than as individual entities. Each of these groups suffer prejudice from Northeastern winery stereotypes, fierce competition from bordering neighbors (Argentinian and Chilean wineries), and heavy tax burdens from the government. HOWEVER, they are passionate about their product have found that, by working collaboratively in their own specialized roles, they increase their capital as well as cost-benefit ratios exponentialy.
I can't help but see parallels between the São Francisco Valley viticulture network and the hostel movement. Particularly in regards to to stereotypes hostels face, fierce competition from corporate hotels, and rigid laws/ordinances from different municiplaities (NYC has completely banned hostels with the exception of IH). But the hostel movement is gaining serious traction as the "status quo" is being dismantled and people yearn for a more organic travel experiences.
I'm curious as to what the "Hostel Industry LPAs" would consist of. Right of the bat, I would imagine the city's CVB, local restaurants, concert venues, museums, general tourist attractions, and potentially other hostels could consist of a robust LPA. Can anyone provide any insight on this topic from personal experience or theoretical forethought? Excited to connect with you!