Bunk Utrecht has been recognised as a leader in Innovation by the hostel industry’s leading online travel agent, Hostelworld.
For 19 years, the HOSCARs have acknowledged hostels from all four corners of the globe with the highest customer reviews and ratings. In 2020, with the world in lockdown and travel put on hold, the awards were restructured to recognise the incredible world hostels have been doing within their communities, and to support the industry throughout the global pandemic.
In the category of Extraordinary Innovation, Bunk Utrecht was crowned the winner by a panel of expert travel judges and more than 20.000 votes by hostel travellers around the world.
“This year’s HOSCARs not only commemorate a difficult year for the hostel industry, but allow us to celebrate the incredible efforts our hostel partners have taken during this time. Hostels around the world have used this time to focus on becoming more sustainable, supporting their local communities or renovating their hostels to be as safe as possible for when travel resumes — we wanted to recognise all their achievements.
The HOSCARs (Hostelworld Customer Annual Ratings) have been running since 2002 and are usually determined based on reviews from millions of customers made over the previous 12 months. Due to COVID-19 and the impact on travel the awards feature a new set of categories and a different judging system in comparison to previous years.
Hostelworld, the leading global Online Travel Agent (OTA) focused on the hostel market, inspires adventurous minds to experience new places, meet new people and come back with extraordinary stories to tell. Hostelworld customers aren’t your average travellers; they are driven by the need for unique experiences, social connections and empowering adventures. It’s the social nature of hostels that turbocharges their global adventures and enables them to Meet the World.
Hostelworld has over 20 years’ experience, with more than 13 million reviews across 17,000+ hostels in 179 countries, making it the leading online hub for social travel. Its website operates in 19 different languages and mobile app in 13.
The Hostelworld Group went public in November 2015, listing on the main London and Dublin stock exchanges. Headquartered in Dublin, Hostelworld has offices around the world in London, Shanghai, Sydney and Porto.