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Hostels Embrace Airbnb in Effort to Escape Rising Booking Fees


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In addition to financial savings, Airbnb also offers hostels the ability to rate guests, and not just the other way around. Two-way reviews are a tremendous boon for hostels, allowing them to make sure they’re not welcoming problematic guests and jeopardizing their community, says Overby. He also runs the online hostel resource website Hostelmanagement.com and previously owned Hostels.com, which he started as a tourism content publisher in 1994 before selling the site to Hostelworld in 2003.

“Most hostels are tight-knit, and a bad apple can disrupt your community,” he says. “Mutual reviews keep everyone on their best behavior.”

It sure does seem like Airbnb appeals to anyone who wants to break regulation / the law. 

And save money.

Or make money, on the other side of that equation.

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