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. 

A statement from the Director General on COVID-19


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“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.

Members of the only global community for international youth and student travel know that young travellers are usually the ones less deterred by adverse travel conditions like terrorism, health scares, and political unrest. Such characteristics of the youth traveller can be found in WYSE Travel Confederation’s specialised research publications on the youth travel marketplace.”

Perspectives from the Management Board and Sector Panel Chair

“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. 

We are hospitality and exchange. The world needs us, and that is why we will re-grow after COVID-19.”

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, and is predicted to have, upon the youth travel industry.

News articles

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

  • Phocuswire live blog - Impact of coronavirus on the travel industry
  • Open letter from WTTC to Governments
  • UNWTO - UNWTO and WHO agree to further cooperation in COVID-19 RESPONSE
  • 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.

  • Tourism New Zealand supports economic recovery from COVID-19
  • How Chinese Companies Have Responded to Coronavirus
    How Chinese Companies Have Responded to Coronavirus
  • Are Singapore’s Tourism Players Creating a Model for a Post-Virus World?
  • COVID-19 and the global hotel industry: A roadmap to recovery, part 1

Multinational resources

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. 


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