|Services||Social networking service|
|Launched||July 11, 2000|
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|Hospitality exchange services|
|Hospitality for work|
|Hospitality for money|
|Home exchange and others|
Hospitality Club (HC) was a hospitality exchange service accessible via a website. The platform is a gift economy; hosts are not allowed to charge for lodging and are also not obligated to host. Hospitality Club implemented a reputation system, whereby members can leave references.[better source needed] For added safety, members are encouraged to check each other's passports, although it rarely happens.
In 2005 disagreement between some members of Hospitality Club and its founder led to the foundation of BeWelcome. Many HC members, who became distinguished volunteers within Couchsurfing (so-called CS ambassadors), left HC towards CS because of its missing legal status and insufficient management transparency.
In February 2006, Kühne was working full-time on Hospitality Club. In the spring 2006, the thitherto biggest HC-Party took place in Riga counting 430 participants from 36 countries. As of July 2006, the site had 155,000 members. This number grew by a ca. 1,000 new members a week in 2006.
In 2007, Google Trends search volume for hospitalityclub.org started to decline and was overtaken by the search volume for CouchSurfing. In 2007, HC's specified goals have been to facilitate "intercultural understanding ... bringing people together ... travelers and locals".
In 2013, HC had more than a half of million members from 200 countries.
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