Michelle McBryde, Founder of Hostel Rocket, Joins Cloudbeds

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Michelle McBryde joins Cloudbeds to help bring hostel management solutions to small- to mid-sized hostels and hostel groups.

I was attracted to Cloudbeds because of their commitment to empowering small hostel owners.

Michelle McBryde has joined Cloudbeds to focus on innovation and partnerships within the rapidly expanding hosteling community. McBryde was formerly the CEO and founder of Hostel Rocket, and brings with her over two decades of experience working with hostels to better manage and market their properties.

McBryde has been a frequent hostel traveler since she was 14. She fell in love with the hostel culture, and spent the following 20 years visiting and working in hostels. She founded two hostels in Yosemite which she ran for years, until she sold them to found Hostel Rocket. She created Hostel Rocket because she believed hostels needed more tools at their disposal to better compete with online travel agencies.

McBryde will leverage her experience to help Cloudbeds develop their business offerings for hostels. Hostels are one of several high-growth customer segments for Cloudbeds, including B&Bs, independent hotels and groups. McBryde sees this move as a continuation of her efforts to help small to mid-sized independent properties like hostels manage and market their businesses online.

"I was attracted to Cloudbeds because of their commitment to empowering small hostel owners,” said McBryde. “Their software gives small to mid-sized properties the same executive-level property management technology used by large hotels and chains. Cloudbeds is an emerging leader in this industry, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”

McBryde joins Rafael Blanes, VP of sales. Together they lead a powerful team of of industry thought-leaders, dedicated to leveling the playing field in favor of small to mid-sized hotels, hostels, and B&Bs.

In her new role, McBryde will focus on reaching out to hostel groups, forming new channel partnerships, and integrating more property management systems with Cloudbeds’ channel manager, myallocator.

“I’m particularly excited about Cloudbeds’ group booking engine, mygroup,” said McBryde. “I feel it opens up an opportunity for smaller hostels to have the same group booking functionality that larger chains currently enjoy. This technology will help them maintain brand cohesion, increase their direct bookings, and make managing multiple properties within one group much easier.”

“It’s exciting to have one of our channel partners join our team,” said Adam Harris, CEO of Cloudbeds. “Michelle is well-known in the hostel community. As a former hostel owner, she knows first-hand what our hostel customers crave in software. As a channel partner, she knows what it’s like to work with Cloudbeds as a partner, and will help us make our future partnerships even more rewarding for everyone.”

Cloudbeds publishes a suite of hospitality management software. Myfrontdesk, a cloud-based property management system, helps property managers run the day-to-day activities of their hotels. Myallocator, their channel manager, helps prevent overbookings. It automatically updates OTAs, integrated property management systems, and each property’s internet booking engine with real-time availability, ensuring that no guests book the same room at the same property at the same time. Mybookings is their commission-free booking engine. It works on property-level websites, and can be installed on Facebook pages. It integrates with the industry’s leading property management systems.

Mygroup is an all-encompassing solution for hotel groups and associations. It provides group managers with a centralized dashboard where they can monitor and manage each property in the group. It upgrades the property management software for each property in the group, and provides them with continued support and updates. Mygroup makes each hotel’s operational technology future-proof.

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