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Bed buddies: Is the hostel OTA duopoly about to become a threesome?

David Chapman – WYSE Travel Confederation

ITB Berlin 2018, WYSE Workshop area – Wednesday, 7 March 2018 – 15:00 – 15:30

The STAY WYSE Hostel Booking Sources survey has found that Airbnb has quickly positioned itself in the youth travel accommodation space as a leading OTA over the last few years. Join David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation for this session as he pulls back the sheets for a quick look at this finding and other distribution trends for hostels and other accommodation providers serving the youth market.

Biography

For the past four years as Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, David has led the Amsterdam-based team in representing and advocating the youth, student and educational travel industry. During his tenure as Director General, WYSE Travel Confederation has expanded upon its legacy of producing essential market research and industry events, and supporting top-notch youth travel organisations worldwide. Prior to becoming Director General, David was an active board member of STAY WYSE and chairman of WYSE Travel Confederation. He brought a wealth of experience in both the youth travel and hospitality sectors, having served for six years as COO and Deputy Director of a London based non-profit social centre with student accommodation. He also worked at some of the best hotels in Europe including Grosvenor House, The Waldorf and the George V in Paris before becoming General Manager of several of the UK’s top country house hotels.