Dublin based Hostelworld.com has been recognised as one of the best sites
in the E-business category in the World Summit Awards held in Geneva last
week. Hostelworld.com was selected from more than 800 entries,
representing 136 countries and was named as one of forty of the world`s
best content websites by the World Summit Award Grand Jury.
An initiative by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) and several European nations, these awards focus on quality
content and innovative internet applications. Winners were showcased as
part of the Geneva World Summit on the Information Society, December 9-12,
This is just one of a number of accolades won by Hostelworld.com. The site
also won the overall Golden Spider Award in 2002 and the founders won the
Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year category at this year`s Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year Awards held in Dublin earlier this year.
Hostelworld.com provides online reservations for over 5,000 hostels and
budget accommodation properties worldwide processing over two million
reservations per year.
Hostelworld.com is fully owned by Web Reservations International Ltd.
(WRI). WRI is the leading provider of online reservations to the BIYT
market (Budget, Independent and Youth Travel). Through its hostelworld.com
division, WRI offers confirmed online reservations for hostels and budget
hotels. Additionally, through a range of web sites, it offers reservations
for adventure holidays, activities and tours for the BIYT market. WRI
enables over four thousand companies sell their tourism products online.
WRI also licenses its reservations technology to a wide range of affiliate
travel websites including http://www.studentuniverse.com/
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ and http://www.roughguides.com/