Hostelworld announces the winners of its 19th annual HOSCAR awards! Modal, a hostel in the USA, was recognized as the most EXTRAORDINARY Inclusive Hostel by leading Online Travel Agent (OTA) focused on the hostel market, Hostelworld.com
For 19 years, the HOSCARs (Hostelworld Customer Annual Ratings) have acknowledged hostels from all four corners of the globe with the highest customer reviews and ratings. This year, with the world in lockdown and travel put on hold, the awards have been restructured to recognize the incredible work hostels have been doing in their communities, and to support the industry, during the global pandemic.
Representing the USA, Modal was crowned most EXTRAORDINARY Inclusive Hostel by a panel of expert travel judges and more than 20,000 votes by hostel travelers all around the world.
Modal boasts 5 guest rooms – 3 dormitory-style shared rooms and 2 private suites, allowing a maximum of 23 guests for overnight accommodations. Together, Joe Hindman and investor, David Stone, have created a truly unique lodging option for the Southeastern United States, complete with an in-house art gallery and public coffee shop serving local craft coffee, pastries, beer & wine. This new concept rests in an underdeveloped area of south downtown where Hindman and Stone hope to bring new vibrancy through intentional community events and business growth focused on diversity and inclusion. In the first 9 months of operations, the property has hosted over 350 overnight guests from all over the United States as well as Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the Czech Republic.
Nominated alongside Modal included 34 properties from all over the world in countries such as India, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, and the Philippines. In fact, Modal was one of only two hostels nominated from the United States, the other being Ember Hostel in Denver, CO. Hindman said, “We’re truly fortunate and excited to be showcased among some amazing properties within the global hostel community.”
Hindman proactively highlights the property’s inclusivity policies and promotes diversity of all kinds in his space by employing members of the LGBTQIA+ family and hosting neighborhood pop-up markets to support the growing arts & entrepreneur communities. He works with local Pride organizations to cultivate safe events while promoting directly to the members of the queer traveling community that, “Modal is a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ traveler in the South.” Since opening, Modal has hosted dozens of travelers who identify as queer, non-binary, trans, gay, lesbian, or other – many of whom have expressed sincere gratitude for the inclusivity demonstrated throughout the property.
On April 26th, 2021 Modal won HOSCARs 2021 Award for EXTRAORDINARY Inclusive Hostel for the intentionality and proactivity in engaging with both local individuals from marginalized communities and working faithfully at creating space for all travelers to feel safe regardless of their differences. Modal has purposefully elevated the hostel experience, while maintaining a casual, comfortable, accepting, and safe environment for all its guests.
Fabrizio Giulio, Chief Supply Officer at Hostelworld, said: “This year’s HOSCARs not only commemorate a difficult year for the hostel industry, but allow us to celebrate the incredible efforts our hostel partners have taken during this time. Hostels around the world have used this time to focus on becoming more sustainable, supporting their local communities or renovating their hostels to be as safe as possible for when travel resumes — we wanted to recognize all their achievements. The HOSCARs are equally valuable to our community, as they provide a trusted way for our customers to identify the experience they want from their travels, and where to find it. It was important that our customers were still a crucial part of the awards and involved in selecting the hostels that deserve to be recognized for their excellence and extraordinary efforts.”
You can find full list of winners here: www.hostelworld.com/hoscars
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