In 2016, Hostelworld partnered with Trip.com to provide users with local recommendations and a noticeboard function. They also added Speak the World, which is a translation service. Hostelworld is hoping these features will build the traveler community and differentiate their brand, since other OTAs don’t offer these backpacker-targeted services. Next, they’re hoping to add features that allow users to connect with each other before their trip. Read the full article here.