There was a rather sharp intake of breath in many quarters recently when global budget stay brand HostelWorld announced its intention to snap up arch rival Hostelbookers.
In a deal likely to send a shiver down the spine of budget accommodation websites across the globe, Web Reservations International has acquired HostelBookers.
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Travelers who love hostels usually say their favorite thing is the social life â€“ meeting new friends, hanging out in the bar or lobby or garden, the potential for new experiences.
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With wonderful timing, Hostelworld has unveiled what is believed to be one of the first major real-time collaboration, travel search and booking engines for Google Wave.