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Travel Safety Panel

Manchester, United Kingdom — 22-25 September 2009

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Insurance companies and organisations operating in risk management, safeguarding, travel safety and child protection are represented by the Travel Safety Sector Panel. Nevertheless, safety concerns all aspects of the youth travel sector: for this reason, the Travel Safety Panel works closely with the Accommodation, Cultural Exchange and Study Abroad Sector Panels to improve sector-specific safety and security policies.


The Travel Safety Panel’s objectives fall within WYSE Travel Confederation’s Four Pillars: Trading, Research, Education and Advocacy.

  • Trading: Provide business opportunities for members to meet with new insurance providers and organisations working within the risk management, safeguarding and child protection sectors via industry events.
  • Research: Help members to improve their safety and security policies by collecting valuable data on both consumer and business trends and producing research reports to guide members towards the right strategic decisions when it comes to safeguarding, risk management, insurance and child protection.
  • Education: Inform and educate members about the latest issues and trends regarding safety and security in youth travel, sharing best practice and policies in child protection and safeguarding.
  • Advocacy: Help members to reach a uniform level on safeguarding, risk management, insurance and child protection policies, providing toolkits and addressing industry issues on behalf of members.

Research and reports

WYSE Travel Confederation undertakes a wide variety of research. Below you can find a sample of reports that are free of charge for members. For all our available reports, please click here.

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Safety: Who defines it and how do we ensure it?

Tom Jenkins
European Tourism Association (ETOA)
Joël Marier, CAE, Adm. A.
EBI Consulting Group
Andrew Procter
African Impact
Christina Thomas
World Learning

WYSTC 2019 Lisbon

Threat Level: Critical. Effective, real-time risk management training for the student & youth travel industry

Glen Abel
Magnifi Group
Kristin Leeman
Magnifi Group, Europe

ITB Berlin 2019

The need for video: Combining video content types to reach your audience

Phil Sylvester
World Nomads
Alex Porter-Smith
High Tide Media

ITB Berlin 2018


Trading opportunities 

WYSE Travel Confederation offers many opportunities to meet new business partners and reconnect with existing partners at its industry events.


WYSTC Lisbon 2020

Date:  22 - 25 September 2020
Location: Lisbon Congress Center, Lisbon, Portugal

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry. Since its inception in 1992 as the annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation, youth and student travel professionals have been gathering annually to trade, network and take part in seminars and workshops.

STAY WYSE Miami: Where the hostel industry meets

Date:  17 - 18 November 2020
Location: Miami, USA

After five successful years in Amsterdam, where STAY WYSE Amsterdam has established itself as the place to meet new trading partners in the youth travel accommodation sector from buyers, to operators, investors and suppliers, STAY WYSE will now expand to the Americas. This second event, called STAY WYSE Miami, will bring together members of the youth travel accommodation sector from North and South America.

STAY WYSE Amsterdam: Where the hostel industry meets

Date:  28 - 29 January 2021
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands

STAY WYSE Amsterdam brings together businesses involved in the youth travel accommodation sector for two days of trading, education and socialising. Now in its sixth year the Conference has rapidly established itself as the place to meet new trading partners; from buyers, to operators, investors and suppliers.


Self Certification

WYSE Travel Confederation has introduced a certification for WYSE accommodation providers. The promotion of a safe environment within a communal accommodation facility for young people lies at the core of WYSE’s mission. The certification is directed at ensuring guest safety, as well as the safety of the establishment’s employees.

San Diego Declaration

The San Diego Declaration provides the basis for WYSE Travel Confederation’s work with international organisations, governments, sector stakeholders and other NGOs in furthering the cause of global youth travel. The Declaration is a tool to highlight the economic, social and cultural importance of youth travel to governments worldwide.

The Travel Safety Sector Panellists

Nick Pound

Director of Partnerships
World Nomads

Claudia Reichstein

Director International Sales

Joël Marier

Vice President
EBI Consulting Group

Alex Thompson

Founder & COO

Manny Soar