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Hallways App Launches, Connecting Backpackers in Hostels - And Their World Cup Compatriots
“Hallways is the first app that lets backpackers connect with the people and events they care about most - the ones in their hostel,” said Benjamin Moshe, CEO of Hallways. “During the World Cup, travelers are particularly interested in meeting fans of their side - Hallways lets you find supporters of your team to watch every match with, right in the app.”
The new World Cup feature allows Hallways users to choose the team they support for any of the 64 matches during this year’s tournament in Brazil. Users can then see other supporters of their side in their city, connect via chat or private message, and make plans to watch the match at a hostel or local pub.
Hallways has been testing with select hostels in London ahead of its public launch. Hallways works directly with hostels, who post their events and communicate with guests within the app. “We see Hallways as a great way to manage our events and stay in touch with our guests,” said Alex Rivers, managing director of Astor Hostels London, a Hallways launch partner. “We think it’s really going to improve our atmosphere and create a better guest experience.”
Hallways is available on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices at http://www.hallwaysapp.com. Native apps for iOS and Android will be released later this summer.
Hallways is the social network for hostels. Released to the public in June 2014, it’s the only app that lets backpackers find the people and events in their hostel, during their stay. Guests can check into Hallways at http://www.hallwaysapp.com as soon as they’ve made a reservation, when they arrive at their hostel, or any time in between. Hallways is currently available for all hostels across Europe, and will be expanding worldwide soon.
Travelers not staying in a hostel, or those who’d simply like to try out the app, can check into the “Open” area in their city.
Hostels are the accommodation of choice for the 93 million young travelers who visit Europe each year - not just because they’re cheap, but because they’re perhaps the most social places on earth. Hostel guests are looking specifically to meet other travelers and go out on the town, and leading hostels feature large, open common rooms, and a full slate of daily events and parties.
Benjamin Moshe, Hallways Founder & CEO