As the domestic travel industry picks up, goSTOPS, a brand of leisure hostels, has decided to open three new hostels – Ooty, Coorg and Auroville, located in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu – to expand its national footprint and its network operational by next month. With this, the total number of operating sites in its network has increased from 28 to 30.
Announcing the expansion, Pallavi Agarwal, Founder and CEO of goSTOPS, said: “Thanks to a receding COVID pandemic, higher vaccination rates and the start of the summer season, travel seems ready for a major comeback. Post COVID, we are witnessing an upturn in demand to leisure destinations such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Manali, Mussorie, Nainital and Mukteshwar which are attracting massive interest among our target audience as they offer a blend of tranquility, adventure and local experiences. As we evolve and refocus on people, process and technology, we believe we are well positioned to curate a holistic travel experience for our customers.
Pankaj Parwanda, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of goSTOPS, said: “Through our robust expansion, we aim to provide access, increase availability and rapidly increase the supply of high quality hotel accommodation suitable to the psychographic evolution of an underserved Indian. young people today thanks to a shared economy model. Our goal is to expand the goSTOPS community by adding more exciting properties to various locations across the country.
He added: “In the coming months, our efforts will be invested in building strong leadership and building capacity in operations, learning and development and quality assurance. Our investment in technology will focus on building a dedicated center of excellence and rolling out a nationwide “learning management system” focused on staff development and the delivery of exceptional customer service and experience. »
goSTOPS Ooty, comprising of a heritage block colonial bungalow, is located across the road from Gymkhana Golf Club and offers over 76 beds and dorms. A common room with a home cinema and indoor play area is also available. A bonfire arrangement has also been made on the roof.
goSTOPS Coorg includes over 82 engineered beds. The property includes a common area allowing games and fun activities. It also has a cafe and rooftop offering views of attractions such as Tibetan Monasteries, Golden Temple, Thandiyendamol Trek, Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbey Falls and Madikeri fort.
goSTOPS Auroville was built using traditional architecture and techniques like hollow clay bricks which keep the hostel rooms with over 56 beds cool even during summers. It also includes common rooms for internal activities and board games.
goSTOPS captures an income of over Rs 12 crore per year. Each month, its various properties welcome 20,000 travelers and add approximately 300 beds and 5 hostels. By 2024, goSTOPS aims to reach the 31,000 bed mark and a foray into Southeast Asian countries, including Sri Lanka and Nepal. The brand has also recently added new and second properties in select locations such as Mussorie, Kasol and Bangalore.