WeHostels is now available for iPad. The hostel-booking platform made the official announcement today, staying ahead of the curve among competitors like Airbnb and Couchsurfing as the first to release an application for the Apple device.
Now, travelers will be able to find and book over 40,000 budget accommodations all over the world – not only hostels, but also budget hotels and bed and breakfasts. They will also have access to the ratings and reviews to ensure quality and safety.
The iPad app gives users access to global events, such as music festivals and sporting competitions, helping them to find and book budget accommodations nearby. Oktoberfest in Germany, Lollapalooza in Chicago and Carnival in Rio de Janeiro are among the events slated to be featured on the app platform.
WeHostels’ expectations for its iPad app are high, betting on the prevalence of the devices among students and young adults – the audience WeHostels caters to – to help its app take off. It will also look to the repeat the success it experienced upon launching its Android app, for which it obtained 15,000 new users in the first week alone. Bookings on the WeHostels platform have been accelerating at a 76% average monthly rate since the beginning of the year.
Colombia-bred WeHostels, under the direction of Diego Saez-Gil, is proving a formidable force in travel technology market. With the goal of becoming “the world’s largest mobile travel agency for the youth segment,” the startup will soon launch additional products and services for travelers on the go – essentially, becoming a “remote control” for their trips.
WeHostels most recently launched in Brazil, making the official announcement in May that it would be assigning ambassadors and commencing targeted marketing campaigns in the country.
Brazil represents a giant opportunity for companies small and large in the travel industry, especially given the impending World Cup and Olympic Games. And should WeHostels play its card right, it stands to rake in big profits.
BBC reported yesterday on the accommodations situation in Brazil – namely, the fact that hotel rates in the country are skyrocketing. Rio de Janeiro has the third highest hotel prices in the world, behind only Miami and Punta Cana. While this is bad news for hotels and high-end travelers, it’s a huge opportunity for hostels – and, in turn, WeHostels.