The winners of the six Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTA) were announced during a gala dinner on 30 September, during the final evening of the 2022 World Youth and Student Travel Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal.
Sponsored by International Experience Canada in 2022, WYSE Travel Confederation’s annual GYTAs recognise outstanding contributors to the youth and student travel industry.
In addition to the award categories of New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, Notable Innovation, Best Responsible Tourism Campaign, Effective Use of Marketing and Outstanding Contribution to the SDGs, 2022 welcomed the new International Experience Canada (IEC) Collaboration Award.
The IEC Collaboration Award rewarded two or more travel or tourism organisations that collaborated to co-create a successful immersive international travel programme for young people. Priority consideration was given to collaborations between organisations in different countries, spanning public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
The 2022 Global Youth Travel Award winners are:
New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
Council on International Exchange (CIEE) – Pledge to develop a diverse workforce
InterExchange and Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) – Ambassadors Fund for Summer Work Travel
Best Responsible Tourism Campaign
Tourism New Zealand – If You Seek campaign
Effective Use of Marketing
Destination NSW – Working Holiday Maker campaign
Outstanding Contribution to the SDGs
Contiki – MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
IEC Collaboration Award
Australian Working Adventures / VisitOz & International Cooperation of Mongolia & Australia (ICMA) Agency
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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.