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Hostel cities: Youth travel accommodation and urban development

Prof. Greg Richards, WYSE Travel Confederation
Key learnings

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, WYSE Travel Confederation
Greg Richards is Professor of Placemaking and Events at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and Research Advisor to WYSE Travel Confederation. He has extensive experience in tourism research and education and has worked on a variety of projects with WYSE Travel Confederation, UNWTO, OECD, and with numerous national governments, national tourism organisations and municipalities. Professor Richards has held previous posts at London Metropolitan University (UK), University of Tilburg (NL), Universitat Roviria I Virgili, Tarragona (ES) and the University of the West of England (UK).

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