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From trains, to food quests, to understanding the near future of youth travel: The WYSE educational programme at ITB Berlin 2024
WYSE News | February 27, 2024

WYSE Travel Confederation is looking forward to exhibiting at ITB Berlin on 5-7 March 2024. Together with 15 co-exhibitors – all members of WYSE Travel Confederation – the WYSE Village, located in Hall 4.1, stand 100, will be the hub of youth travel at the international travel trade fair. Aside from providing a branded space in which our co-exhibitors can hold meetings, network and showcase their products and services, the WYSE Village is home to a programme of educational workshops, a bar and an exclusive networking reception.

Keep reading to find out more about the WYSE Workshops. Thank you to JO&JOE, our sponsor of the workshop area.

Tuesday, 5 March 2024

15:00 -15:30
Touring Europe by Rail

Phil Cabra Netherton, Euroventure Travel

Managing Director and co-founder of Euroventure, a tour operator specialising in overland backpacking trips by rail, Phil will offer insights into how the rail network integrates across different countries in Europe and how this works for passengers. He will also touch on high speed lines, night trains, popular tourist routes, future connections and how different passes and tickets work.

16:00 – 16:30
Inclusive journeys: Promoting diversity and accessibility in travel

Rita Varga, RaizUp

Why is fostering inclusivity and accessibility within the travel industry relevant for the youth travel demographic? Rita will take you on a crash course to understand strategies for creating welcoming experiences for travellers from underrepresented communities, ranging from LGBTQ+ groups or folks with disabilities.

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

12:00 – 12:30
YellowSquare for a better female travel experience

Elisa Carboni and Delianna Tolla, YellowSquare

Solo female travel is on the rise. YellowSquare has joined the Punti Viola and is tuning in to women’s needs with Eumetra. Join Elisa and Delianna to find out how they’re keeping safety and comfort from and centre for female travellers.

13:00 – 13:30
New Year, New Trends: Travel Bookings and Payments in 2024

Jamie Albert, WeTravel
To create an effective plan and convert more student travel bookings in 2024, it’s crucial to understand consumer preferences as they pertain to bookings and payments. Join Jamie Albert, WeTravel’s Partnerships Specialist, as she highlights useful findings from WeTravel’s Annual Travel Trends Report.

14:15 – 14:45
Look to youth travel for the future

David Chapman, WYSE Travel Confederation
Heidi Durflinger, EF Ultimate Break
Russ Hedge, HI USA
Søren Sattrup, KILROY

The near future of tourism is the now future of youth travel. This panel of long-standing professionals serving young travellers under age 35 will discuss the latest findings from WYSE Travel Confederation’s global survey of youth travellers and how this marketplace has a track-record for driving exploration and development of new trends in travel, tourism and hospitality. Join us to find out what the near future holds.

This session will be held on the Green Stage, Hall 3.1

15:00 – 15:30
Surviving AI

Kevin O’Shaughnessy, CityHook

Kevin is the co-founder of CityHook, an award-winning travel technology company based in Dublin, specialising in travel distribution and mobility. Kevin’s background is mobile and interaction design. Hear what he has to say on AI – and how to survive (or thrive?) as technology just keeps on evolving.

16:00 – 16:30
Yalla Basta Presents: The Next-Gen of Food Experiences Solutions for Young Travelers

Michael Weiss, Yalla Basta

Yalla Basta designs innovative solutions tailored for young adults seeking unforgettable culinary experiences. Hear more about YallaPay, a hassle-free cashless system similar to Google/Apple Pay, the “Rolling meal” concept and QuestEat, a game where participants compete against others on navigation, completing missions, and solving riddles — all while indulging in delicious eats.

 We look forward to seeing you there!