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#0 Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...? Wed 22 Jul 15 14:53:22
rolandog
San Salvador
Argentina
Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...?
Crisis economic ...?
Travel Crisis...  hospitality system?
Crisis... human beings ...?
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#1 Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...? Thu 23 Jul 15 15:58:13
kyrmyt
Philadelphia
United States of America
We get almost daily requests from CS - many by folks who are just interested in
free accommodation, and we refuse many of those. But we do have guests several
times each month. I just wish that more of our HC members would knock at our
doors...
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#2 Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...? Sat 25 Jul 15 14:18:10
rolandog
San Salvador
Argentina
Hello Kyrmyt !!
Now I see there are more travelers here, South America (Brazil, Venezuela,
Colombia) ....
and fewer Europeans traveling ...
Spaniards and Italians do not appear in HC .. (?)
HC anyone ....
It's a shame...
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#3 Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...? Mon 20 Jun 16 23:58:45
vito1110
Poznan
Poland
Hi!
Unfortunately, the hospitality movement definitely undergoes a crisis. HC became
in 99% inactive and it needs a revival. CS monopolized the movement, but it
seems to be drained by inappropriate attitudes. Many people mention in their
profiles some negative experiences and mostly reject or postpone couch requests.
Also, people don't know well how to look for hosts and CS search engine doesn't
help them - 95% of my CS guests came when my profile was at the top in my city.
(I warned them that it would be little space, but they agreed, I've bought more
mattresses and there was a good party:-) But, most members would just reject the
excess requests and all this means that some people receive more requests than
they can handle and others fall into inactivity. Last login times on CS are
slowly closing to that terrible few years mostly seen on HC. Humanity also
undergoes a crisis - so many wars and hostility haven't been seen since long
ago. Travelling to many places is less safe, makes more hassle and less people
can afford it. Also new "iron curtains" emerge, like between EU or US and the
rest of the world. Not to mention strictly economic "iron curtains". But I still
believe in goodness:-) A worldwide brainstorm is needed how to revive and fix
the hospitality movement, based on the so far experiences and current
conditions. Greetings for all people:-)
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#4 Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...? Tue 21 Jun 16 14:29:17
kyrmyt
Philadelphia
United States of America
Whereas HC's approach is/was the offer of acquainting oneself with different
folks from different countries and cultures, possibly enabling friendships, but
definitely encouraging the exchange of visits among members, CS has deteriorated
and become commercial. Their appeal is to folks who don't give a hoot about
possible connecttions to other folks as long as free accommodations are
offered.
Unfortunately the vision of HC is fizzling, mostly because of the abandonment by
the honchos. The members who remain have not changed - they are just harder to
find. It certainly would be easier if technical support would finally make the
changes which were promised eons ago! Until that happens, you just have to
muddle through and hope for the future. Right now it seems that BeWelcome.org
has the best chances of picking up where HC is failing...
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#5 Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...? Mon 16 Jan 17 23:11:04
giwreh
Temse
Belgium
A simple fact like NOT living in a (big) city, makes you (e.g. in my case) a
total no-request-at-all host. 
This was not the case some 20 years ago (like in true old SERVAS times...) when
people still traveled a COUNTRY, instead of a city.... 
That's a massive change in the whole tourism industry !  Everything is about
city-trips now. In the (far) past, people 'travelled' a country in all its
aspects. Cities, towns, villages, nature/landscape...  
It's a big loss from the human viewpoint that this recent tunnel-vision (plane
to some city, plane back home..) replaced massively the adventure of exploring a
country.  
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#6 Why are both reduced order accommodation, by HC, and also by CS ...? Tue 17 Jan 17 17:12:33
kyrmyt
Philadelphia
United States of America
@giwreh
for one thing, commercial travel has become much cheaper in comparison to
earlier times, particularly group travel. And that has NEVER been to the small,
interesting places without fashionable shops, a bar and big events. I had my
taste of that when I spent Easter in Amsterdam. You practically fell over folks
from all over who were busy taking selfies on a stick... You share your
experience with an old SERVAS friend of mine in Germany who has used HC as a
guest but never had a visitor in his village (19 houses altogether, one daily
bus into the next bigger town). 
In part this development is the result of all the emphasis of the hospex
organizations on "see the world for free" rather than "learn how other folks
live". Eventually folks will come around and rediscover the joys of
down-to-earth travel...
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