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Hostel cities: Youth travel
accommodation and urban development


Greg Richards, Researcher – WYSE Travel Confederation

Recent years have seen an explosive development of hostels and other youth travel accommodation facilities in cities around the world. This session looks at the factors driving these developments. What types of cities are attracting hostels? Where are hostels locating in cities? What will be the next hostel hot spot?

Prof. Greg Richards

Professor of Placemaking and Events, Breda University of Applied Sciences
Researcher, WYSE Travel Confederation
Greg is Professor of Placemaking and Events at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

He has worked on projects for WYSE Travel Confederation, the UNWTO, the OECD, numerous national governments, national tourism organisations and municipalities, and he has extensive experience in tourism research and education, with previous posts at London Metropolitan University (UK), Universitat Roviria I Virgili, Tarragona (Spain) and the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK).