We established our first Rucksack Inn at Hong Kong Street, a 26-bed backpacker hostel that occupied the second level of a 4-storey converted shophouse. The backpacker hostel industry was uncharted water then, but we saw an opportunity. We offered what others didn’t – all-day breakfast, free WiFi, well-managed bathrooms, and a space where strangers can forge friendships. We took on the group name, OCG Holdings, with a vision to highlight the backpacker's scene. We also took down the Best Atmosphere Award, rated by customers of HostelBookers and was presented the Hoscar Country Winner, awarded by Hostelworld.
We expanded Rucksack Inn to take over another unit in Hong Kong Street and started the backpackers ‘culture’ in Singapore. While our co-founder and COO came out as champion in the Asian reality TV Show, ‘Can You Serve’, our hostel also took down the Best Staff Award and the Excellence Award for being the Top 3 hostels in Asia rated by customers of HostelBookers. Rucksack Inn was honoured the Hoscar Country Winner, awarded by Hostelworld for the second consecutive year!
We opened our third Rucksack Inn, located at Lavender Street and it soon caught the eyes of the media with our first media feature. We also bagged a couple of awards such as the Excellence Award and Best Cleanliness Award, rated by customers of HostelBookers. Hoscar Country Winner was presented to Rucksack Inn once again, third year in a row!
Our next Rucksack Inn took a spot at Temple Street and made headlines again, gaining more accolades as well including Rucksack Inn’s first Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence!
We renamed our company, The Hip And Happening Group, and launched two new brands The Rucksack and Barkode to meet the needs of our ever-expanding customer base and the dynamics of the travel and leisure industry. Our first brand Rucksack Inn also went through a radical brand change to emerge as a budget accommodation. Rucksack Inn @ Lavender was once again awarded Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. We opened our first hotel, The Rucksack Caratel, in Melaka, and launched The Rucksack Rainforest Kayaking in Kuching, Sarawak.
The Hip and Happening Group now has footprints in both Singapore and Malaysia, and we are expanding even more so stay tuned for more exciting developments!
We are proud to have achieved our first Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for The Rucksack Caratel. The hotel caught the attention of Dot Property, and we were honored for Best Hotel Development in Melaka. The Rucksack Caratel was also bring recognized by Agoda, by being presented with Gold Circle Award. On the other hand, The Rucksack Rainforest Kayaking celebrated with being the winner of the Adventure Tour Operator of the Year, Malaysia by Luxury Travel Guide. We also opened our second property for The Rucksack Caratel, which is located alongside Christ Church Melaka and The Stadhuys. Many exciting developments by The Hip and Happening Group are coming up in South East Asia so stay tuned!