56% of Indian travellers state that they would like to include at least one hostel in their trip: reveals Booking.com

by Priya Jadhav
Unpacks hostel travel trends in India and globally
·         From the first hostel joining the global platform in 2000, Booking.com today offers over 33,000 hostel properties on its platform 
·         Travellers from India, United Kingdom and Germany book hostels in India most often
·         Top 5 cities in India with the highest number of hostels listed - Mumbai, Jaipur, New Delhi, Jaisalmer, Bengaluru
·         Most searched destinations for hostels globally in 2019 include Barcelona, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague and London.
·         A growing number of travellers are looking for alternatives to hotel bookings when planning a holiday, hostel was among the top 3 most booked accommodation by Indians in 2019. 
Mumbai, 09th January, 2020: As the popularity of hostels continues to grow, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of unique places to stay at,  shares insight into what’s trending when it comes to the shared accommodation industry, from where travellers are planning their trips, what they want to do during their stays, and how the company continues to innovate and deliver a great product to support this savvy travel segment.
“From the first hostel joining our global platform in 2000 to over 33,000 hostel properties listed on our platform  today, including everything from traditional youth hostels and yoga retreats to a converted Boeing 747 jumbo jet and up-scale “poshtels,” the hostel industry has expanded significantly in India and globally. We listed our first hostel in India in 2010, and we’ve witnessed this segment grow consistently; going beyond just a backpacker seeking a bunk bed, it has become increasingly diverse and expansive. We  at Booking.com are constantly working to make the hostel industry even more accessible to travellers in India and globally,” says Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives at Booking.com
Top cities in India with the highest number of hostels listed
1.       Mumbai
2.       Jaipur
3.       New Delhi
4.       Jaisalmer
5.       Bengaluru
Recent research from Booking.com revealed that 56% of Indian travellers (vs. the global average of 33%)** state that they would like to include at least one hostel in their trip to add a social dimension to their stay. With over 25% of Booking.com hostels offering walking tours globally, and many more offering a variety of activities, such as happy hours, classes on local culture, movie nights, live music and more, Booking.com is working to ensure travellers can capitalize on a communal experience.
Most booked destinations for hostels in 2019 (Globally)
Fastest growing destinations for hostel bookers in 2019 (Globally)
Salento, Colombia
Arequipa,  a Peruvian city
Sapporo, Japan
Danang, Vietnam
El Nido, Philippines
Hostels provide a welcome retreat whether you’re close to home, or further afield. Many nationalities frequently book hostels in destinations that include their home country as well as destinations abroad. So while globally, Spain, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and Thailand top the list of destination countries booked by hostel travellers; locally, India, Thailand, United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain are some of the most commonly booked countries.
Hostel Destinations booked by Indian travellers
1.       India
2.       Thailand
3.       United Kingdom
4.       Germany
5.       Spain
Whether it is being able to grab drinks with other guests at a cocktail-making class, or take a bike tour around their destination, hostels offer a one-stop-shop for a more dynamic trip experience. This could be just one of the reasons that hostels are particularly appealing to solo travellers - who account for over half (53%) of hostel bookers globally in 2019 so far - who may be looking to meet new people or have shared experiences on their journey.
About Booking.com:Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch startup to one of the world’s leading digital travel companies. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com’s mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology that helps take the friction out of travel, Booking.com seamlessly connects millions of travelers with memorable experiences, a range of transportation options and incredible places to stay - from homes to hotels and much more. As one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for both established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes, Booking.com enables properties all over the world to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available in 43 languages and offers more than 29 million total reported accommodation listings, including more than 6.2 million listings alone of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.