Hostelworld.com, a provider of online reservations to the budget, independent and youth travel market, is partnering with Travelport Leisure to provide travel agents with direct access to book Hostelworld.com properties through the portal.
Agents utilizing Travelport Leisure will have access to more than 24,000 hostels and other budget accommodations in more than 180 countries. They will have the added benefit of no booking fees, real-time availability, instant booking confirmation and unique property content, Travelport says.
An upgraded version of the former Galileo Leisure Portal, Travelport Leisure now includes extensive new hostel, bed and breakfast, hotel and car rental options, as well as new functionality to add localized content. There is no charge for travel agents to utilize Travelport Leisure, even if they do not subscribe to Travelport GDS.
“Travel agents are recognizing that more and more people are seeing – and seeking – the value in budget accommodations so that more money can be spent actually experiencing their destination,” said Yvonne Finlay, group partnership manager with Hostelworld.com.
To support this new partnership, all agents who sign up for the portal before July 31 will be entered into a drawing to win a cash prize of $1,000 courtesy of Hostelworld.com.
Hostelworld.com also offers budget travelers a Travel Store, over 3 million user reviews, free travel videos, podcasts, customized city guides, a travel social network and more. Hostelworld.com is headquartered in Dublin and is fully owned and operated by Web Reservations International Ltd (WRI).