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September 21, 2010
Budget travellers will soon find it a lot easier to book a good-value bed for the night.
VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, has today announced a partnership with Hostelworld.com, the world's number one hostel booking website.
Hostelworld.com will provide information about available hostels, B&B's, budget hotels and other types of budget accommodation to VisitBritain's award-winning website which receives 20 million visitors a year.
VisitBritain.com along with the enjoyEngland and Visit Wales web portals will benefit from access to the extensive range of budget accommodation on offer from Hostelworld.com across the UK.
The partnership will allow users to find prices and availability on VisitBritain.com under the accommodation section and then transfer them directly to Hostelworld.com to make the booking.
There they will get access to over 3 million user ratings and reviews, travel services and extensive content including award-winning travel videos, podcasts, and free pocket guides.
Yvonne Finlay, Group Partnerships Manager with Hostelworld.com said: "Hostels are now the accommodation of choice for people of all ages and not just the 20-something backpacker. Many hostels offer private rooms, ensuite bathrooms, free internet, pools, bars and restaurants along with a great social experience and excellent locations."
"The UK is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and with the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games around the corner, we will be in a unique position to provide affordable accommodation to millions of visitors to the UK."
Ray Veal of VisitBritain added: "As leaders in the hostel sector, Hostelworld.com were the obvious fit to provide VisitBritain's new website with additional hostel and budget accommodation for those looking to travel on a budget."
"Hostelworld.com provides a great range of accommodation to choose from at all budget levels and we are excited to be working with such a well recognised and trusted brand".
The global market leader for over 10 years, Hostelworld.com is the leading provider of online reservations to the budget, independent and youth travel market. It offers confirmed online reservations for over 25,000 hostels and budget hotels in 180 countries worldwide and is the only hostel booking site to offer a service guarantee. The site also offers budget travellers Travel Services, over 3 million user reviews, free travel videos, podcasts, customized city guides, a travel social network and more. Hostelworld.com is headquartered in Dublin and is fully owned and operated by Web Reservations International Ltd (WRI)