My Vancouver     Tim Charter SameSun Backpackers
•	  	  Popula)on	  -­‐	  2.4	  million	  in	  metro	  Vancouver•	  	  Incorporated	  in	  1886	  (125	  years	  young)•	  ...
Vancouver’s major industries•      Internaonal	  trade	  -­‐	  2nd	  largest	  port	  on	  the	  west	  coast	  in	       ...
Vancouver’s Backpackers and HostelsThere	  are	  15	  hostels	  and	  backpackers	  in	  Vancouver•	  SameSun	  Backpacker...
Issues and challenges facing hostels in Vancouver•	  Declining	  tourism      Stemming	  from	  the	  high	  Canadian	  do...
How are hostels regulated in Vancouver?	  •	  Hostels	  are	  treated	  like	  hotels.	  	  They	  are	  taxed	  the	  sam...
How do hostels work with your local touristboard and Chamber of Commerce?•	  Some	  Hostels	  are	  members	  of	  Tourism...
SAMESUN
SameSun Backpackers•	  Opened	  in	  April	  of	  2004•	  1018	  Granville	  street	  is	  a	  heritage	  building	  that	...
If possible, pleasedescribe one improvementthat you have made in thelast year that has made apossible difference foryour h...
The Beaver Bar and Restaurantž On  site restaurant   with nightly drink   specialsž $4.95 dinner special   every nightž...
ž   Free wireless     internet                             Amenitiesž   Free continental     breakfast from     7am -10a...
ž Full                    New kitchen       common   kitchenž Attached to   outdoor patiož Clean and   spaciousž New s...
Stainless Steel Bathrooms       and Kitchen
Best hostel in Vancouver?ž We   are a hostel   staffed by Canadian   & international   backpackersž Just off the Canada ...
Questions?
Report On The Hostel Scene from Vancouver BC
Report On The Hostel Scene from Vancouver BC
Report On The Hostel Scene from Vancouver BC
Report On The Hostel Scene from Vancouver BC
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Report On The Hostel Scene from Vancouver BC

  1. 1. My Vancouver Tim Charter SameSun Backpackers
  2. 2. •    Popula)on  -­‐  2.4  million  in  metro  Vancouver•    Incorporated  in  1886  (125  years  young)•    Weather  averages  from  5°C  (winter)  to  23°C  (summer)•    Loca)on  –  Pacific  West  Coast  and  only  thirty-­‐eight     kilometers    (24  miles)  south  of  downtown       Vancouver  is  the  Canada-­‐US  border•    Over  8  million  visitors  in  metro  Vancouver  per  year  which  is  down  from  2007  when  it  was  almost  9  million
  3. 3. Vancouver’s major industries• Internaonal  trade  -­‐  2nd  largest  port  on  the  west  coast  in   North  America  (in  total  cargo  volume)• Film  and  TV  –  “Hollywood  North”  where  100’s  of  films  and   TV  shows  have  been  shot.    Home  of  Lions  Gate  Studios     and  Pixar’s  Canadian  office  • Technology  -­‐  many  soRware  companies  have  offices  in   Vancouver,  including  Electronic  Arts• Tourism  -­‐  2010  Winter  Olympics,  Expo  86,  Stanley  Park,     amazing  beaches,  3  local  ski  hills,  one  of  the  most  livable   cies  in  the  world  and  Whistler’s  just  up  the  road• Banking  and  Finance  -­‐  most  Canadian  Banks  have  branded   buildings  in  Vancouver• Weed….  $3  to  $4  Billion  per  year    (esmated)
  4. 4. Vancouver’s Backpackers and HostelsThere  are  15  hostels  and  backpackers  in  Vancouver•  SameSun  Backpackers•  3  X  Hostelling  Interna)onals  •  YWCA  Hotel  •  2  X  Cambie  Hostels•  2  X  C  and  N  Backpackers  Hostels•  Vancouver  Backpacker  guest  house  •  Vancouver  Grand  Hotel  •  St.  Claire  Hostel  •  Ellison  House  •  American  Backpacker’s  There  are  about  2000  dorm  rooms  in  Vancouver  and  approximately  150  private  hostel  roomsDorm  rates  range  from  $10.00  to  $40.00Privates  $35.00  per  person  to  $100.00
  5. 5. Issues and challenges facing hostels in Vancouver•  Declining  tourism Stemming  from  the  high  Canadian  dollar,  the  Olympic   hangover,  the  US  /  Canadian  border  ghtening  up,  global  recession  •  High  Taxes  –  12%  HST  +  hotel  tax•  High  Labour  costs  –  minimum  wage  hike  from  $8.00  to   $  10.25  as  of  May  2012    •  Long  slow  season  (wet  and  cold  winters)•  Compeon  –  our  friends  H.I.  are  right  across  the  street   •Most  of  the  hostels  listed  are  in  the  downtown  core•  We  are  compeng  with  Hotels  for  market  share •  Even  hostel  booking  sites  are  adversing  for  hotels•  Dealing  with  the  social  problems  in  Vancouver•  Bed  bugs….  sll  around  ,  but  not  in  my  building!
  6. 6. How are hostels regulated in Vancouver?  •  Hostels  are  treated  like  hotels.    They  are  taxed  the  same  and  we  pay  a  premium  for  a  downtown  loca)on  •  Vancouver  real  estate  is  on  the  rise  while  tourism  is  down•  The  average  hotel  yield  in  2011  dropped  an  astounding  17%,  meaning  we  are  now  finding  ourselves  compe)ng  with  major  hotel  brands  that  are  blowing  out  their  excess  inventory•“Single  Room  Occupancy”  by-­‐law  in  Vancouver,  whereby  hotel-­‐zoned  buildings  that  have  been  used  for  social  housing  must  remain  as  social  housing  (similar  to  San  Fran)
  7. 7. How do hostels work with your local touristboard and Chamber of Commerce?•  Some  Hostels  are  members  of  Tourism  Vancouver,  Tourism  Bri)sh  Columbia  and  the  Chamber  of  Commerce•  I  visit  Tourism  Vancouver  oien  and  a  few  )mes  a   year    I  do  a  power-­‐point  presenta)on  and  bring   them  cookies,  fruit,  water,  and  coffee•Once  a  year  they  do  an  on-­‐site  tour•I  also  visit  Tourism  BC  at  the  interna)onal  airport
  8. 8. SAMESUN
  9. 9. SameSun Backpackers•  Opened  in  April  of  2004•  1018  Granville  street  is  a  heritage  building  that  opened  in  August  of  1908  (103  years  old)•  11  private  rooms  and  254  dorm  beds•  Dorm  prices:   $27.50  (low  season)  to  $35.00  (high  season)  •  Private  room  prices:   $70.00  (low  season)  to  $95.00  (high  season)•  Both  include  tax  and  a  free  breakfast  including  Bagels,  cream  cheese,  preserves,  fruit  salad,  juice,  coffee,  tea,  etc.•  High  season:Summer  is  from  July  to  September•  Low  season:Winter  is  December  to  April
  10. 10. If possible, pleasedescribe one improvementthat you have made in thelast year that has made apossible difference foryour hostel?•We  have  upgraded  every  room  with  new  bed  lights,  shelves,  beoer  beds,  hooks,  fans,  power  bars  for  all  beds,  new  linens,  new  lockers,  repainted  everything  and  redone  the  flooring  •Beoer  product  =  happier  clientele
  11. 11. The Beaver Bar and Restaurantž On site restaurant with nightly drink specialsž $4.95 dinner special every nightž Open till 1am weekdays and 2am weekendsž Big screen TVž Monday - Bingož Tuesday - Open Mikež Wednesday – Pokerž Thursday - Triviaž Sunday - Roast Beef Dinner
  12. 12. ž Free wireless internet Amenitiesž Free continental breakfast from 7am -10amž $2.00 Brekky includes eggs, sausage, hash browns or beansž Lounge area with pool tablež New Big Screen TV room with Netflix and leather couchesž Coin operated laundryž Clean, renovated bathroomsž Luggage storing
  13. 13. ž Full New kitchen common kitchenž Attached to outdoor patiož Clean and spaciousž New stainless steel counters and cupboardsž Lots of fridge space and food lockers
  14. 14. Stainless Steel Bathrooms and Kitchen
  15. 15. Best hostel in Vancouver?ž We are a hostel staffed by Canadian & international backpackersž Just off the Canada line at Granville and Nelsonž On site Restaurant and Barž On-line ratings 87% +++
  16. 16. Questions?

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