ITB Berlin 2010

Berlin, Germany — 10-14 March 2010

WYSE Archives

WYSE Travel Confederation works to raise awareness of youth and student travel as one of the fastest growing sectors within travel and tourism, supporting 67 million jobs and generating 2.4% of global GDP.

WYSE Travel Confederation is the only global body that brings together all major players in this industry, enabling them to speak to governments and international bodies with one voice.


When advocating on behalf of the industry, WYSE champions policies that are inclusive, pro-growth and based on solid research.

Become a member of WYSE Travel Confederation and have your say in developing the youth travel industry.

Tourism can only make its fullest contribution to the world’s economic and social well-being if governments are awake to the potential of youth travel and fully understand its impact on destinations.

Taleb Rifai

Former UNWTO Secretary General

WYSE Advocacy Principles

Youth are:

  • A positive force in society and have enormous potential for contributing to the development and advancement of societies
  • Travellers who represent a vehicle to foster cultural understanding, social interaction and peace
  • A major force for social and economic development in the destinations they visit
  • High impact visitors to developing countries given they are inclined to engage in volunteer and development projects
  • Relatively resilient travellers in times of political and civil unrest, health epidemics, and natural disasters

Destination Development

Countries are facing increasing levels of competition when it comes to tourism and recognise that in order to become and remain an appealing youth travel destination, a youth-focussed destination development strategy is required – one that is founded on facts, draws on collaboration, and drives visitor growth through unique inspiration and creativity.

Endorsed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), WYSE Travel Confederation’s Destination Development Programme offers a comprehensive suite of support services that help destinations to:

  • Better understand the youth market
  • Achieve strategic development goals
  • Create compelling experiences
  • Foster sustainable growth

Declarations & Toolkits

Sydney Declaration

How hostels can approach their relationships with Online Travel Agents.
A tool for developing fair agreements between Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and hostels.

San Diego Declaration

How destinations can tap into the potential of youth and student travel.
A tool to highlight the economic, social and cultural importance of youth travel to governments worldwide.

Work & Travel Toolkit

How youth and student travel agents can develop a position paper.
A tool for communicating the critical role that visas play in enabling cultural exchange opportunities for youth.