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May 06, 2009
Hostelworld.com named People's Choice Winner for Best Travel & Adventure Video in Webby People's Voice Awards
It's official - Hostelworld's videos are the best on the net! The global web community has voted Hostelworld.com's city video guides as the "Best Travel & Adventure Video" of the year in the Webby People's Voice Awards. Hostelworld.com was the only winner based in Ireland to win a prestigious Webby Award.
Hailed as the "internet's highest honour" by the New York Times, the Webby Awards are the leading international awards honouring excellence on the internet. This year almost 10,000 entries were submitted from over 60 countries around the world, and over 500,000 votes were cast in the People's Voice Awards, the biggest number of votes ever cast. Filmed and presented by Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty, the website's winning city video guides are part of a series entitled "10 things you need to know about….", providing travelers with top tips for the world's top cities.
"We're absolutely thrilled to be honored with a Webby Award" Hostelworld.com's CEO Feargal Mooney said. "It's a fantastic achievement and this prestigious award is recognition of the quality of our travel videos and tireless efforts of our talented Editor, Colm Hanratty. The award is also testament to the work we put into ensuring that our customers have the very best experience on Hostelworld.com and we are consistently working hard to ensure we provide them with the most up to date content, widest choice of properties along with the best possible service. We're particularly proud that this is a People's Voice Award. It is fitting that we received an award in the People's Voice category as our videos are created for the benefit of our users."
"The Webby Awards honors the very best of the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "Hostelworld.com's win is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."
Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. Past Webby Award winners - and their speeches - include Al Gore ("Please don't recount this vote"), Beastie Boys ("Can anyone fix my computer?"), and Stephen Colbert ("Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.").
Hostelworld.com is the leading provider of online reservations to the budget, independent and youth travel market. It offers confirmed online reservations for over 20,000 hostels and budget hotels in 170 countries worldwide. The site also offers budget travelers over 2 million user reviews, free podcasts, customized 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).
About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received over 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: YouTube; Microsoft Silverlight; The Creative Group; .ORG; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Variety; Wired; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.