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Look to youth travel for the future

Wednesday, 6 March | 14:15 – 14:45 CET | Convention Hall 3.1, Green Stage


David Chapman

WYSE Travel Confederation


Søren Sattrup


Russ Hedge


Heidi Durflinger

E.F Ultimate Break

The near future of tourism is the now future of youth travel. This panel of long-standing professionals serving young travellers under age 35 will discuss the latest findings from WYSE Travel Confederation’s global survey of youth travellers and how this marketplace has a track-record for driving exploration and development of new trends in travel, tourism and hospitality. Join us to find out what the near future holds.


Director General

WYSE Travel Confederation

For the past years as Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, David has led the Amsterdam-based team in representing and advocating the youth, student and educational travel industry. During his tenure as Director General, WYSE Travel Confederation has expanded upon its legacy of producing essential market research and industry events, and supporting top-notch youth travel organisations worldwide.

Prior to becoming Director General, David was an active board member of STAY WYSE and chairman of WYSE Travel Confederation. He brought a wealth of experience in both the youth travel and hospitality sectors, having served for six years as COO and Deputy Director of a London based non-profit social centre with student accommodation. He also worked at some of the best hotels in Europe including Grosvenor House, The Waldorf and the George V in Paris before becoming General Manager of several of the UK’s top country house hotels.

Clare Weston


Director, Development & Concepts, The Travel Lab


Søren Sattrup is Director, Development & Concepts, The Travel Lab, KILROY, the largest student travel agency in Scandinavia and Benelux.

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Russ Hedge is the President and CEO of Hostelling International USA (HI USA). For the past four years, he has served on the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, the 32-person advisory body on matters related to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. The Board advises the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect the US travel and tourism industry, offers counsel on current and emerging issues, and provides a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems.
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