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COVID-19 Resources

A collection of resources, news and statements on the COVID-19 outbreak

WYSE Travel Confederation recognises that members are facing challenging times because of the reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19 by both the general public and governments around the world.

The purpose of this page is to provide our members with reliable information to help with planning and decision-making.


What is WYSE doing?

  • We are researching the impact of COVID-19 on the travel and tourism sector and publishing survey findings. We will continue to measure the impact on the industry to ensure that we have the necessary data to be able to represent the industry needs to governments around the world.
  • We are pulling together a number of tools that members can use to request support from governments. These include resources such as how to find relevant information within governments and NTOs, letters of support and financial aid request templates.
  • We are holding panel meetings with representative members to ensure dialogue across the industry.
  • We are updating members and the wider industry through our weekly member newsletter, social media platforms and calls with members.
  • We are monitoring industry developments and maintaining this page as an information portal.
  • We have created the WYSE Research and Education Digi-Hub with specialised resources.
  • We are holding regular webinars on both the impact of COVID-19 and other relevant topics.
  • We are liaising with associations and industry bodies for joint opportunities and information sharing.

WYSE calls on governments to support the youth, student and educational travel sector

WYSE Travel Confederation has defined a 10-Point Youth Travel Recovery Plan, calling on governments to take action in light of the current pandemic. The Plan includes petitions such as extending furlough schemes beyond ‘lockdown’ periods and reducing tourism taxes for the sector.




Perspectives on COVID-19 and the youth travel industry


“WYSE Travel Confederation stands by its commitment to encourage independent, responsible travel as a means for young people to pursue opportunities to discover and learn. We strongly believe that you should too.”

David Chapman, 
Director General, WYSE Travel Confederation



“I joined WYSE Travel Confederation to be part of its community.   We include accommodations, cultural exchange, experiences, insurance and study abroad. Our unique reach is what makes WYSE so special and membership worthwhile.”

Russ Hedge, 
Management Board Chair


COVID-19 Travel Business Impact Survey

WYSE Travel Confederations’s COVID-19 Travel Business Impact series provides insight into the effects that the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is having on the youth travel industry.

WYSE Webinars

The impacts of COVID-19 on the youth travel industry

Prof. Greg Richards & Wendy Morrill, WYSE Travel Confederation


Impact of COVID-19 on the European hostel & hotel industry

Kelsey Fenerty and Patrick Mayock, STR


Multinational resources


COVID-19 is having a growing impact on the global economy. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides the latest perspectives on the evolving situation and implications for businesses.

WHO Travel Advice

On the World Health Organization website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

International SOS Security Services

COVID-19 guidance on how to implement the temporary travel restrictions, the facilitation of repatriations from across the world, and on dealing with overstays caused by travel restriction.


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is closely monitoring this outbreak and providing risk assessments to guide Member States and the EU Commission in their response activities

World Economic Forum

COVID-19 guidance on how to implement the temporary travel restrictions, the facilitation of repatriations from across the world, and on dealing with overstays caused by travel restriction.

News articles

Explore our directory of reliable news sources reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • US suspends nonimmigrant visas
  • ACT pilot scheme
  • UNWTO helps countries fight complacency
  • STR Hostel performance update
  • WTTC launches Safe Travels protocols for attractions
  • UNWTO - UNWTO and WHO agree to further cooperation in COVID-19 RESPONSE
  • Phocuswire live blog - Impact of coronavirus on the travel industry
  • Open letter from WTTC to Governments
  • US Department of State - Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19
  • WYSE - COVID-19 and European accommodations performance
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  • WYSE - Youth travel businesses in Italy bearing the brunt of COVID-19 fears
  • McKinsey - COVID-19: Implications for business
  • ForwardKeys - Flight bookings to Europe dive as Coronavirus reaches Italy
  • DragonTrail - Tourism Recovery Action Online Summit
  • WorldNomads - Helping U.S. travelers understand coronavirus coverage


Information about how businesses and tourism boards are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and their plans to minimise its lasting impact.