Hospitality Club

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Hospitality Club
Area servedGlobal
OwnerVeit Kühne
Founder(s)Veit Kühne
ServicesSocial networking service
LaunchedJuly 11, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-07-11)

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.[1] Hospitality Club implemented a reputation system, whereby members can leave references.[2][better source needed] For added safety, members are encouraged to check each other's passports, although it rarely happens.[3]


Hospitality Club was founded in July 2000 in Koblenz.[3][4]

In 2005 disagreement between some members of Hospitality Club and its founder led to the foundation of BeWelcome.[5] 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.[6]

In February 2006, Kühne was working full-time on Hospitality Club.[7] In the spring 2006, the thitherto biggest HC-Party took place in Riga counting 430 participants from 36 countries.[8] As of July 2006, the site had 155,000 members.[9] This number grew by a ca. 1,000 new members a week in 2006.[8]

In 2007, Google Trends search volume for started to decline and was overtaken by the search volume for CouchSurfing.[10] In 2007, HC's specified goals have been to facilitate "intercultural understanding ... bringing people together ... travelers and locals".[11]

In 2013, HC had more than a half of million members from 200 countries.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Локша, Анна Владимировна (2013). "О необходимости повышения социальной составляющей молодежного туризма в России". Телескоп: Журнал Социологических И Маркетинговых Исследований (in Russian) (5). ISSN 1994-3776. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  2. ^ LAINE, NINA (2008). Trust in Superior-Subordinate Relationship: An empirical study in the context of learning (PDF). Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b Baker, Vicky (27 June 2008). "Top 10 hospitality travel sites". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Rodemann, Julian (29 March 2016). "Couchsurfing mit Haken". Die Welt.
  5. ^ Baker, Vicky (18 April 2008). "Going local in Caracas, Venezuela". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Managing a non-profit hospitality platform conversion: The case of". Tourism Management Perspectives. 30: 138–146. 2019-04-01. doi:10.1016/j.tmp.2019.02.018. ISSN 2211-9736. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  7. ^ Thomas, Amelia (28 February 2006). "Backstory: Extreme vacation". Christian Science Monitor.
  8. ^ a b "Freunde in der Fremde". (in German). Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  9. ^ Stellin, Susan (July 9, 2006). "Go to Strangers (and They'll Come to You)". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Rustam Tagiew; Dmitry I. Ignatov; Radhakrishnan Delhibabu (2015). Hospitality Exchange Services as a Source of Spatial and Social Data?. (IEEE) International Conference on Data Mining Workshop (ICDMW). Atlantic City. pp. 1125–1130. doi:10.1109/ICDMW.2015.239.
  11. ^ Luca, Lucian C. (2007). Staying without paying: Heading towards free tourism (PDF). Budapest: Central European University. Retrieved 28 May 2021.