I’m Steve, the Director of the Premium Hostel Network
All good missions start with a passion. I love travelling, meeting new people and learning more about the world.
Growing up in Australia, and moving to London at age 23, I quickly took advantage of the world of opportunity that was European travel. Access to Europe was a big thing for me. My first weekend break was Munich, and there I saw a large group taking a bike tour around the city centre. I put that idea on my list. A month later I was cruising around Berlin on one as a tourist. Citybreaks and Europe trips abounded on the following years. Amsterdam, Warsaw, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Zagreb, Sarajevo. You name it, if it’s a big city in Europe, I’ve probably been there.
In 2009 I got a job as a tour guide at the London Bicycle Tour Company. I know what it’s like to be a customer, and a guide, and I got a great feel for how to create and deliver the best guided bike tours. I moved into the business/sales side of London Bicycle Tour Company, and focussed on growing and managing the business as the second in charge below the owner, Rob Graham.
I started Cycle-cities.com with Rob a year later, as I had always been interested in territorial ‘travel’ alliances. Airlines have partner airlines in different destinations to help cross sell flights. Some tour operators had branches in different cities so that a happy traveller could go from city to city and continue to experience tours from the same company. I thought city bike tours could use this ‘international’ presence. Since then we’ve grown to a collection of 40+ cities in dozens of different countries across four continents.
In the coming years I spent a lot of time in North America, working as a professional songwriter (originalsongwriter.com) and travelling coast to coast, experiencing the best of New York, Chicago, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit and LA many times over. For the last 8 years I've also performed as a member of The Take That Experience Tribute band, which is weekly travel, mainly in the UK, and sometimes Europe and big cruise ships.
In 2015 I started to organise yearly ‘Powwow’s’ or ‘Symposiums’ for Cycle Cities partner companies to attend, in a different city each year. These conferences connected us all as a stronger network and continue to be successful. At the time of writing we have hosted yearly symposiums in five different cities (Berlin, London, Nice, Budapest and Munich).
Cycle-cities.com was rebranded cyclecities.tours in 2016. This network has delivered for it's partners excellent synergies and opportunities and continues to grow.
In the same way the cyclecities.tours network has supported it's partners and members, and created a close-knit community of like minded operators, I want to achieve this in the wider tourism market. That's my mission. Partnerships and regional alliances are powerful, exciting and hugely helpful for operators and customers alike. I will be expanding the Symposium program and creating a world-class touring conference/event for the travel industry.
I look forward to working with you, and showing you what the REAL hostel world has to offer.