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Presenting the finalists of the 2019 Global Youth Travel Awards

Sep 24, 2019

The 2019 Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) ceremony will be held on 11 October, bringing the World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Lisbon to a close.

This year, we have received a record-breaking number of submissions for the nominated categories and votes for the consumer-voted awards. In particular, it has been interesting to see a sharp increase in submissions for the Extraordinary Experience award. This supports what we know about millennial and Gen Z travellers: a mutually-rewarding experience, both to the individual and the host country, is high on the list of priorities for today’s youth. The Best Sustainable Organisation category also received a large volume of high calibre entries; perhaps not surprising either in the age of Greta Thunberg and the the global push towards minimalising the impact that we, as travellers, have upon the environment.

The submissions for the ten nominated categories have been carefully evaluated by our panel of judges, leading to three finalists being selected for each category. Three finalists have also been determined for the four consumer-voted categories. 

Thank you to everyone that has participated in this year’s Global Youth Travel Awards!

Nominated categories

Best Education Abroad Provider
EDU Africa
Envoys
Rustic Pathways

Best Marketing Campaign
African Impact
Contiki
Rustic Pathways

Best Social Responsibility Initiative
Barcelona Pere Tarrés
GROUND Asia
Kiwi Experience

Best Social Space in a Hostel
Casa Pepe Hostel
Lub d Patong
Once in Joburg

Best Sustainable Organisation
Camps International
GROUND Asia
Wildlife ACT

Best Travel Technology Product
bitemojo
CoursePricer
Trip Loop

Best Work Experience Provider
Greenheart Exchange
InterExchange
Medical Projects

Extraordinary Experience
GVI
InterExchange
Roots Interns

Outstanding Volunteer Project
GVI
Pod Volunteer
Projects Abroad

 

 

Consumer-voted categories

Best Airline for Youth Travellers
EasyJet
Emirates
Ryanair

Best Youth Travel Agent
Booking.com
STA Travel
StudentUniverse

Best Youth Travel Accommodation
a&o Hostels
Generator
Selina

Join us at the Global Youth Travel Awards gala dinner at WYSTC.

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Meet the judges

 

Fifteen industry experts were chosen as judges of this year’s Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs). To assure the integrity of the evaluation process, each judge was asked to declare any conflicts of interest with applicants, even if the conflict was considered to be remote, contingent or apparently insubstantial. No judge was allowed to evaluate an award category that his/her own organisation had entered. The identity of each judge was unknown to other judges until the completion of the evaluation.

Thank you to all of our judges:

Shay Ames

Shay Ames

Business Development Manager

International TEFL Academy

Marc Buchegger

Marc Buchegger

Head of Business Development EMEA

TourRadar

 

Tony Evans

Tony Evans

Company Director

Experio Life Ltd

 

Adam Graff

Adam Graff

Partnerships Manager

Cleversteam

 

Simon Grout

Simon Grout

Partnerships Manager

Busabout

 

Terri  Hamilton

Terri Hamilton

UK Travel Coordinator

Brigham Young University

 

Inese Egle

Inese Egle

Purchasing Manager

HEROLÉ Reisen GmbH

 

Alice Livingston

Alice Livingston

Director

Cape Byron Kayaks

 

Darryl Newby

Darryl Newby

Co-founder

Welcome to Travel

 

Claudia Reichstein

Claudia Reichstein

Head of International Programs

DR-WALTER

 

Alex Seigel

Alex Seigel

Director

The Dragon Trip

 

Michael Weiss

Michael Weiss

Co-founder

bitemojo

 

Clare Weston

Clare Weston

Product Manager

KILROY

 

Rafael Zelmann

Rafael Zelmann

Director

WATAR Work and Travel