October 15, 2008
Hostelworld.com were celebrating after a successful night at the Inspired IT awards in Dublin where they picked up an award in the hospitality travel and transport section for the Hostelworld.com map application. The Inspired IT awards were created by iReach to recognize the heads of IT and their teams for their strategic role in helping to drive competitiveness and place Ireland at the forefront of knowledge creation and IT innovation globally.
Hostelworld.com's map application feature allows users to plan their routes on a Google maps platform and to plot route lines for each major trip. Users can view and book hostels for their trip and share their trip plans with friends and family. The application also works as a Facebook application, enabling 'Hostelworlders' to share trip plans with their Facebook friends.
Niamh Ni Mhir, Chief Marketing Officer for Hostelworld.com commented "We're absolutely delighted to have picked up this award. Maps are an integral part of travel planning, so as market leader in the hostel reservations sector, we were quick to recognize the benefits of using the Google maps API to build a map search tool for hostels worldwide."
She continued "Feedback from users has been extremely positive and we're very excited about the success of our map application to date, both on our own website and through our Facebook application. At Hostelworld.com we are constantly innovating so watch this space for more map based tools and other innovative applications." The map application can be viewed at www.hostelworld.com and on Facebook at : apps.facebook.com/hostelworld.
Hostelworld.com is a leading provider of online reservations to the budget, independent and youth travel market. It offers confirmed online reservations for over 18,000 hostels and budget hotels in 170 countries worldwide. The site also offers budget travellers free podcasts, customised 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).