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Global Youth Travel Awards

Celebrating excellence in youth, student and educational travel

The Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) formally recognise outstanding performers in across several fields of international youth travel and reward WYSE Travel Confederation members and other stakeholders in the youth, student and educational travel industry that make an noteworthy contribution to our industry.

Voting closes on Tuesday, 4 January 2022, 23:59 CET.

The winners of the GYTAs are traditionally announced on the final evening of the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC). Due to WYSTC being a hybrid event in 2021, the award winners will be revealed during a virtual ceremony in February 2022.

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Award categories

Excellence in Travel
Industry News Coverage
 
Excellence in Travel Industry News Coverage

The award recognises

  • a reliable source of information on how COVID-19 is affecting the travel and tourism industry
  • providing insight on topics of relevance to businesses working B2C and B2B
  • clearly communicating the global dynamics of the industry while also giving attention to specific regions, sectors, products and issues, including youth travel
  • accessible to diverse voices in travel and tourism
  • continually demonstrating integrity in reporting.

The 2021 nominees are:

New Diversity and
Inclusion Initiative
 
New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

The award recognises a travel or tourism organisation that has successfully implemented a new programme to measure and improve diversity and inclusion in its operations.

The 2021 nominees are:

Notable Innovation
 
Notable Innovation

The award recognises a travel or tourism organisation that has developed an innovative product or service that was new to the youth and student travel industry in 2021.

The 2021 nominees are:

Best Responsible
Tourism Campaign
 
Best Responsible Tourism Campaign

The award recognises a travel or tourism organisation that developed an effective responsible tourism campaign.

The 2021 nominees are:

Effective Use of
Marketing
Effective use of Marketing

The award recognises a travel or tourism organisation that has effectively used marketing or advertising to and/ or:

  • increase engagement and/or loyalty among target audience(s)
  • communicate its brand purpose
  • launch a new product or service to support its recovery
  • diversify its audience to support its recovery

The 2021 nominees are:

Outstanding contribution
to the SDGs
Outstanding contribution to the SDGs

The award recognises a travel or tourism organisation that has made a measurable contribution to two or more of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2021.

The 2021 nominees are:

About

What are the Global Youth Travel Awards?

The GYTAs began at the World Youth Student and Educational Conference (WYSTC) 2011 in Barcelona, with a focus on bringing to light the great experiences being provided by members of our community. In subsequent years – 2012 in San Diego, 2013 in Sydney, 2014 in Dublin, 2015 in Cape Town, 2016 in Belgrade, 2017 in Montreal, 2018 in Edinburgh, 2019 in Lisbon and 2020 online – the awards have evolved to include members of the wider youth travel industry and a greater number of awards.

What is 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 young travellers and the youth, student and educational travel industry that serves them.

How can I contact WYSE Travel Confederation regarding the GYTAs?

If you have any questions regarding the Global Youth Travel Awards, please contact awards@wysetc.org.

Selection of nominees

Nominees for the 2021 Global Youth Travel Awards were either nominated by WYSE Travel Confederation or self-nominated by application. All nominees in all award categories are subject to a public vote.

WYSE-nominated candidates

WYSE Travel Confederation selects relevant candidates for each category. These candidates are reviewed and approved for inclusion in the public vote by the Management Board of WYSE Travel Confederation

Self-nominated by application

An organisation may nominate itself for consideration in an award category by submitting the following items before 18 November 2021:

  • Organisation name
  • Main contact, job title, city/country, email and telephone
  • Organisation website
  • Explanation (up to 500 words) of the organisation’s achievement(s) relevant to the award category, including metrics of performance and effectiveness, measured outcomes and lessons learned.

Self-nominations are reviewed and approved for inclusion in the public vote by the Management Board of WYSE Travel Confederation.

Declarations of interest

In the process of selecting nominees, WYSE Travel Confederation’s Board of Directors and staff were required to declare any relationships with nominees which could be considered to represent a potential bias in opinion or conflict of interest, such as family or personal connections, work activities and/or financial interests.

Removal of nomination

If a nominee would like to be removed from consideration for an award, the nominee may do so by contacting us at awards@wysetc.org.

Voting

Do I need to be a WYSE Travel Confederation member to vote?

No. However, if you are operating in the youth, student and educational travel industry we would highly recommend that you join WYSE Travel Confederation as membership offers you a range of benefits, including access to the latest research, regular webinars, news and discounts on major industry events. To learn more about membership benefits, click here.

When does voting close?

Voting closes on Tuesday, 4 January 2022 at 23:59 CET.

Evaluation

How does the judging take place?

The winners of each award will be based on the highest number of valid votes received by the deadline of Tuesday, 4 January 2022, 23:59 CET.

 

Awards Ceremony

When and where will the awards be presented?

The Global Youth Travel Awards 2021 will be presented via a virtual awards ceremony (date and time TBC).

Can I attend the virtual awards ceremony?

Yes. Details on how to attend the virtual awards ceremony will be released in the coming weeks.

Terms & Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before voting in the Global Youth Travel Awards.

 

 

Watch the 2020 awards ceremony