HipHost is a trusted online marketplace for local tours hosted by locals. Think of HipHost as having your own network of friends from all over the world that are excited to show you around and provide you with unique experiences that you would never find on your own. We feel it’s an awesome way to explore new places as well as a cool way to find fun things to do in your own city.

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Management Team

Founder & CEO

Mario Ricciardelli

Mario founded HipHost in June 2011 with a vision of empowering anyone to share their passion and expertise by creating awesome local tours. Before founding HipHost, Mario founded StudentCity out of his Babson College dorm room and grew it to be the leading provider of leisure travel to college and high school students in the US. After selling StudentCity in 2004 to TUI Travel, Plc (LON:TT.L), he created the TUI Student Travel group and oversaw


Jacqui Lewis

In November 2011, Jacqui joined the HipHost as Chief Operating Officer with a focus on helping hosts create unique and fun local experiences. With over 20 years of experience in the tour business, Jacqui was previously President & COO at StudentCity, where she was responsible for building one of the leading student travel brands in North America. By developing partnerships with top artists and Fortune 500 sponsors, Jacqui created unique and un


Jan Ver Eecke

Jan joined HipHost in June 2011 while finding himself pleasantly bored with the consulting world. Prior to joining HipHost, Jan founded Hilltop Strategy, a consulting firm that specialized in rapid development of mission critical systems for large organizations. Examples of systems include providing Postal sub-contractor fleets with direct high volume integration with the USPS, providing monitoring and real time data around the transportation