Press Releases

Press Releases

Eröffnung & Expansion | 18 July 2023

"Our goal is net zero": a&o publishes first sustainability report and declares zero emissions 2025 as next Milestone

  • Sustainability "fixed core value" of corporate strategy 
  • Employees and human rights, climate protection, purchasing and supply chains 
  • First net-zero hostel chain in Europe in 2025 
  • Current carbon footprint at 3.73 kg per overnight stay      
  • Annual sustainability reports from the Berlin hostel chain with immediate effect 
  • With just 10 cents: guests can now offset their stay

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Eröffnung & Expansion | 06 June 2023

Defy the recession with a&o: Take a family vacation and save 25 percent


  • Berlin based budget chain starts with new services and offers in the summer   
  • From event managers to free bedding in shared rooms  
  • Stay four days, save 25 percent: Family discount on bookings until August 31.
  • Also: a&o guests can make a voluntary contribution to climate protection starting in July

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Eröffnung & Expansion | 01 June 2023

a&o Florence: Berlin-based hostel chain to open House No. 40 in the heart of Tuscany in spring 2024

  • 121 rooms and 470 beds in former city office building 
  • Core renovation underway, extensive energy-saving measures planned
  • Historic city center within easy walking distance 
  • "Sustainable expansion takes off responsibly"


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Eröffnung & Expansion | 17 May 2023

Less is more: With 3.73 kg CO2 per overnight stay, a&o reduces its footprint by a further 35 percent (Scope 3

  • a&o pushes sustainability commitment
  • a&o first net zero hostel chain in Europe 2025
  • New target: less than 2.5 kilograms per overnight stay
  • Guests can voluntarily compensate from June onwards
  • "Pervasive sustainability" as corporate culture


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Eröffnung & Expansion | 10 May 2023

A&o Hostels announces Torsten Loos as new Chief Operating Officer

  • Having worked for a&o Hostels for more than 20 years, Loos has taken on multiple roles, rising from a General Manager position to COO
  • Key focuses: affordable product with maximum quality
  • Recruitment and employee development - key to successful expansion
  • 600 new employees hired across the brand


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Eröffnung & Expansion | 27 February 2023

Playful knowledge for more sustainability: a&o launches pilot projects in Berlin, Dresden and Copenhagen

- Berlin budget group takes up Unesco education campaign

- Comic strips, stickers and wheels of knowledge  

- Further measures and roll-out planned at all a&o locations

- Close cooperation with school trip organizers

- Class trips on the topic of sustainable education planned

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Eröffnung & Expansion | 26 January 2023

Milestone for a&o: Berlin-based budget group is the first hostel chain worldwide to receive prestigious rating from Sustainable Fitch

  • a&o achieves second-highest possible ranking in sustainability
  • International rating agency Fitch comprehensively analyzes ESG components
  • Oliver Winter: "This is a significant step in our Net Zero path for 2025"

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Eröffnung & Expansion | 19 January 2023

a&o Hostels announces 2022 as most successful year to date with 5.55 million overnight stays and a turnover of 172 million Euros

  • Experienced a growth of over 100 million Euros compared to 2021    
  • Welcomed over 2,250,000 school class and group overnight stays    
  • Digitalisation, certifications and sustainability also key focuses for 2023 

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