Hostelworld.com gets a Webby Award


7 May 2009

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The global web community has voted Irish firm Hostelworld’s city video guides as the Best Travel & Adventure Video of the Year at the Webby People’s Voice Awards.

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 travellers with top tips for the world’s top cities.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be honoured with a Webby Award,” said Hostelworld.com’s CEO, Feargal Mooney.

“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 and 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.”

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.”).

“The Webby Awards honours 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.”

By John Kennedy