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October 01, 2009
Property Management System wins 'Best Online/Desktop Application'
Hostelworld.com's property management system Backpack Online beat off stiff competition from Air France, Lastminute.com and Travelport amongst others, in London on Tuesday night at the annual Travolution Awards to pick up the award for 'Best Online/Desktop Application'.
Commenting on the category, Travolution said "The winner showed a clear understanding of how to aggregate content and help partners in what is a difficult market to crack. The tools created are incredibly useful for accommodation owners".
Backpack Online is a browser based property management system suitable for small to medium sized accommodation providers, in particular hostels, B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels. Hostelworld.com developed Backpack Online in 2006 to replace the popular windows based property management system, Backpack for Windows. The system was rewritten as a web application to ensure easy roll-out to the Hostelworld.com's global accommodation providers and to simplify support and future development requirements of those properties.
Backpack Online is currently in use by more than 1,400 accommodation providers worldwide and is expected to continue to grow in double digits. The solution is provided free of charge to Hostelworld.com accommodation providers enabling them to manage their entire property. Functionality includes extensive reporting, inventory management, yield management tools, multi lingual and with an enterprise solution available for groups, it meets the needs of all accommodation providers. Backpack Online demonstrates Hostelworld.com's intention to continue offering superior products to help drive bookings for the budget accommodation industry.
BPO Product Manager Gillian Lennox commented on the award win "We're absolutely delighted to have picked up this prestigious award. It's a fantastic achievement and reward for all the hard work we have put in to making Backpack Online what it is today. To have beat off strong competition from Air France, Lastminute.com and Travelport amongst others demonstrates the strength of our product and shows that not only are we world leaders in consumer website development, but also world leaders in the property management space".
About Hostelworld.com Limited
Hostelworld.com Limited provides technology, distribution and marketing solutions to accommodation and other travel suppliers worldwide through a network of owned sites and affiliate partners.
Privately held and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Hostelworld.com Limited was founded in 1999 and has representative offices in Shanghai and Sydney. Hostelworld.com Limited has developed award winning websites including hostelworld.com, hostels.com, bedandbreakfastworld.com, boo.com and trav.com, and has successful affiliate relationships with many of the world's leading brands.
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