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WYSE Travel Confederation announces 2021 Global Youth Travel Award winners
WYSE News | February 16, 2022


Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 16 February 2022

Outstanding contributors in the youth and student travel industry were celebrated on Tuesday, 15 February during WYSE Travel Confederation’s annual Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTA). The winners of the six award categories were announced via a virtual ceremony.

The 2021 GYTAs included two new awards to address sustainable development in the travel industry: Outstanding Contribution to the SDGs and Best Responsible Tourism Campaign.

The nominees were either nominated by WYSE Travel Confederation or self-nominated by application, before being reviewed and approved for inclusion in the public vote by the Management Board of WYSE Travel Confederation. Entries for the six categories reflected the challenging past year experienced by the travel and tourism sector, and demonstrated the organisations’ resilience, forward-thinking and passion for the industry.

The 2021 Global Youth Travel Award winners are:

Excellence in Travel Industry News Coverage

New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
Au Pair in America – DEI Learning Journey Series

Notable Innovation
TruTravels – Travel Styles

Best Responsible Tourism Campaign
World Nomads – Travel Better

Effective Use of Marketing
AuPairCare – Summer Adventures Video Contest

Outstanding Contribution to the SDGs
World Nomads – The Footprints Network


View the full list of nominees and watch the awards ceremony.



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About the Global Youth Travel Awards
The Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) formally recognise outstanding performers in fourteen fields of international youth travel and reward WYSE Travel Confederation members and other stakeholders in the youth, student and educational travel industry who make an outstanding contribution to our industry.
The GYTAs began at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) 2011 in Barcelona with a focus on bringing to light the great experiences being provided by members of the community. The Awards ceremony has subsequently been held annually at WYSTC, bar the 2020 and 2021 editions which took place virtually.

About WYSE Travel Confederation
The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry. Founded in 2006 and created from the merger of the Federation of International Youth Travel organisations (FIYTO) and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) – both formed after World War II to inspire young people through international travel and to help remove cultural barriers – the confederation brings together 60 years of youth travel expertise. From adventure tour operators to au pair agencies, cultural exchange programmes to language schools, hop-on-hop-off buses to student insurance and youth hostels to volunteer programmes, WYSE Travel Confederation is the world’s most powerful network of youth and student travel professionals, connecting key industry players with decision makers and government officials.

The Confederation is committed to understanding the ever-changing characteristics, motivations and needs of young travellers. By gathering, analysing and sharing important market intelligence with members, academics and government decision-makers, the unique fast-changing needs of the youth market is at the forefront of its activities as it seeks to accelerate the development of youth travel.