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I stay almost exclusively in hostels when available and use sites such as hostelworld.com or hostelbookers.com to find hostels.

When looking for a hostel in Casablanca no hostels could be found on these sites, but an Hostelling International (HI) associated hostel does exist and can be booked through the HI site.

HI hostels in the US, UK, Germany and many other countries are listed on the hostel booking sites, why not the Moroccans?

More important is the question whether there are other countries that don't have their HI hostels listed? This would mean I always have to check the official HI site as well.

A list of such countries would be nice, does one exist?

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It's not specific to Morocco, I've seen that multiple times. Try for example with Campbellton or Fredericton in Canada on hostels.com. On the other hand HI-Halifax (same Canadian province) is available on this site. What I usually do is check both HI and another site (hostels.com and hostelworld.com seem to have a quite similar list) –  Vince Apr 12 '13 at 21:35
@Vince AFAIK, both hostelworld.com and hostels.com are owned by the same company (as confirmed by their copyright footer / about). So, ideally the inventory should be same? –  Ankur Banerjee Apr 12 '13 at 23:21

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Unlike it's commonly thought, Hosteling International is not a single organisation but rather a group of national associations affiliated to the main body under the same brand name. As such because each national association is a separate organisational entity, and that means how well their inventory of beds is integrated into third-party websites such as HostelWorld depends, quite probably, on the IT setup of the HI chapter in that country.

Unfortunately, I've never been able to find a list of countries where they are integrated or not. (And usually I stay in non HI hostels anyway because they're cheaper.) What you could possibly do is try a Google site-restricted search on hostelworld.com for "Hosteling International" properties for a particular city. Although by that point you might as well check HI's website directly itself.

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Any hostel listed on Hostelworld or Hostelbooker is listed there because they individually signed up to be listed.
Any hostel can sign up here. In doing so you agree to their Term & Conditions.
While this can bring the hostel more travelers, this also comes as a cost: The 12 % Deposit the travelers pay to secure their booking is actually Hostelworlds commission for listing the Hostel.
So with every booking made via Hostelworld the hostel looses 12% on the accommodation price (compared to walk ins or other direct bookings).

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