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Hostels have long been identified with young travelers seeking a cheap place to lay their heads and, perhaps, the chance to socialize with other youthful adventurers. But while hostel travelers do tend to be budget-conscious, they also represent a desirable demographic, with significantly higher average annual trip spend and frequency that the overall travel population. And although hostels are among the least expensive lodging options available, the hostel segment is evolving to keep pace with a rapidly changing global travel market and rising consumer expectations.Analysts: Cathy Walsh, Douglas QuinbyTopic: Consumer TrendsSegment: Hotels & LodgingResearch Type: Report