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We are pleased to have welcomed three new members to the WYSE Travel Confederation team in Amsterdam across our marketing and events teams:


Katie McCandless
Events and Buyer Coordinator

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With eight years experience in the not-for-profit sector, Katie is joining WYSE Travel Confederation all the way from Kentucky, USA to assist Events Manager Eric Oosterom in delivering our important events and buyer programmes, including our annual World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) and The Work Experience Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference (WETM-IAC) .

A Psychology graduate of Carleton College, Minnesota, Katie’s experience has seen her specialise in fundraising, event planning, constituent relations, marketing and communications, and data management.

She loves to stay busy, and is inspired and motivated by fast-paced and vibrant work environments filled with passionate people


Robyn Bonnin
Marketing and Brand Coordinator


An experienced marketing and brand executive, Robyn studied at the University of Cape Town and the VEGA school of brand leadership in her home country of South Africa, leaving with a master’s in brand communications and marketing management.

At WYSE Travel Confederation Robyn will be assisting Marketing Manager Juliet Stevens on developing our brand. She brings with her experience from previous projects for government initiatives at the Durban Natural Science Museum and Ushaka Marine World, in addition to knowledge acquired co-founding start-ups in the travel industry in Amsterdam.

When Robyn isn’t managing our marketing and brand portfolio, she enjoys outdoor photography, and pilates.

Katie Dawes
Marketing and PR Coordinator

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Katie is also joining WYSE Travel Confederation to give her support to our growing Marketing team. After completing a degree in Psychology in the UK, Katie spent time working for and with hostels across Europe, first as a receptionist and then as a travel blogger. She is now excited to learn more about the growing youth and student travel industry at WYSE Travel Confederation and support our members in their own development.

Katie will be supporting Marketing Manager Juliet Stevens to develop our marketing strategy, particularly in terms of media communication and enhancing our digital platforms. An avid tweeter, she will be readily available on Twitter plus all other social media channels for those who want to know what’s going on in the WYSE world!

Outside the office, Katie will continue to support hostels through her travel blog and explore Amsterdam on her bicycle.

David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Katie, Robyn and Katie to our team who will be working to support our members in growing their businesses.”