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Ask Us Anything is a periodic podcast by WYSE Travel Confederation.


Haydn Marriner & Wendy Morrill

Haydn Marriner, Chairperson of the Backpacker Youth Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA) of New Zealand discusses the country’s losses in international youth arrivals and what BYATA is doing to keep the destination relevant to youth.

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Konstantina Zerva & Wendy Morrill

Professor Konstantina Zerva, Professor of Marketing and Market Investigation at the Faculty of Tourism, University of Girona, Spain, discusses ‘dark tourism’ in this episode of the WYSE Ask Us Anything podcast.
Catherine Gilvarry | WYSE Travel Confederation | Podcasts

Catherine Gilvarry & Wendy Morrill

Catherine Gilvarry, Hostelworld’s Head of Supply and member of the group’s ESG Steering Committee, discusses the OTA’s new sustainability framework tailored to hostels.

Lewis Hamilton, hospitality and humility - Podcast - Ask Us Anything

Kevin Morgan, Randy LeGrant & Wendy Morrill

How do you go from careers in teaching and communications to technology? Find out in this conversation with Kevin Morgan and Randy LeGrant, co-founders of Academic Language Solutions and iTEP. Randy and Kevin discuss influence of AI on their business and product technology, but also on young people, education and travel.

Lewis Hamilton, hospitality and humility - Podcast - Ask Us Anything

Louise Garner & Wendy Morrill

What’s one of the most important aspects of developing a new hostel brand in the post-pandemic travel space? Staffing? Tech? TikTok? The bed? Louise Garner, Commercial Director of Kabannas, a new hostel brand in the UK, offers some opinions and insights on the question in this episode.

Kahraman Yigit of Olive Loving | Ask us Anything | WYSE Podcasts |

Kahraman Yigit & Wendy Morrill

CEO and Co-founder of Olive Living. Kahraman Yigit, talks experience-driven travel, the company’s ambition to become the first members club for millennials and gen z and what the must-have tech is for the 2024 guest experience.

Justine Trembicki - Freepackers | Agustina Gutierrez | Tingua Intercultural Experiences

Justine Trembicki, Agustina Gutiérrez & Wendy Morrill

Justine and Agustina reveal how they met at WYSTC 2018 and what makes their international partnership work, as well as touching on how young people are now approaching volunteer experiences abroad.

WYSE Travel Confederation Podcast - 2023 | Darryl Newby | Welcome to travel

Darryl Newby &
Wendy Morrill

Hear the origin story of Welcome to Travel from co-founder Darryl Newby, and what it means to win the 2023 Global Youth Travel Award for Best Youth Tour Operator.

Greg Bows, African Impact | Wendy Morrill - WYSE Travel Confederation

Greg Bows &
Wendy Morrill

Greg Bows of African Impact discusses the evolution of international volunteer travel and winning this year’s Global Youth Travel Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Christina Beckmann &
Wendy Morrill

Christina Beckmann and Wendy Morrill discuss travel shaming, carbon removal technologies and approaches to address climate change.

Sascha Dimitriewicz,
Raphaela Böck &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Raphaela and Sascha of Wombat’s City Hostels about the future of youth travel and hostels.

Patricia Brunner &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Patricia of IAPA about the big shifts and game changers in cultural exchange.

Terri Hamilton &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Terri of Brigham Young University about how study abroad is looking post-COVID.

Clare Weston &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Clare of Kilroy about which travel destinations and experiences are currently in demand, ahead of WYSTC 2022.

Fabiana Martilotta &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Fabiana of Viajeros Sin Fronteras about what’s going on in the student travel market of Uruguay ahead of WYSTC 2022.

Philip Cabra Netherton &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Philip of Euroventure, GOAT Roadtrip and now Refugee Travel about pivoting a small business amidst crisis and putting peer-to-peer networks to work for good.

Callum Kennedy &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Callum Kennedy of Kennedy Mears Consultants about his life-long career in work & travel and cultural exchanges. September 2021.

Ann-Kristin Cohrs &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Ann-Kristin Cohrs, Managing Director at AuPairWorld about the PROYOUTH VISA campaign. July 2021.

Brian Westwood &
Wendy Morrill

Wendy talks to Brian Westwood, GM, Marketing and Sales at YHA New Zealand. April 2021.

Prof. Greg Richards &
Wendy Morrill

A periodic podcast by WYSE exploring topics of interest to the youth travel industry. Recorded at WYSTC 2020 Online.

WYSTC Podcast series

During the 2019 World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) hosted by WYSE Travel Confederation, Kevin O’Shaughnessy of CityHook interviewed eight movers and shakers in the youth travel sector. From the perseverance required to succeed as an entrepreneur to finding your people in the industry and raising capital, hear from representatives of some of the companies changing the face of youth travel.

WYSTC Episode 1

Gillian Morris
CEO & Founder, Hitlist

Investors said she couldn’t make money on flights for three reasons, but she went ahead and built a profitable B2C business by debunking them.
During this interview with Gillian Morris, CEO of Hitlist and keynote speaker at WYSTC 2019, Kevin O’Shaughnessy (Cityhook) explores the development, back-end workings, and magical viral coefficient of the mobile app that tells you when to fly to destinations on your travel wish list for the best price.

WYSTC Episode 2

Jack Bowcott
Co-Founder, goki

During this interview with the Co-Founder and CEO of smart hostel tech provider goki, Jack Bowcott explains the transition of the business from a ‘Tinder for tourists’ to a magical spark between hostel and backpacker. He also offers advice to startups seeking investment funding (stay away from tacos), recounts the trials and tribulations of being a door-to-door lock salesman on world tour, and reveals the one critical flaw of hostel tech that left him half naked.

WYSTC Episode 3

Janice Sousa
Co-Founder, Groupdesk

Janice Sousa, Co-Founder of Groupdesk, discusses the dark side of group travel and the tech available to service it with Kevin O’Shaughnessy of Cityhook. She also shares her opinions on NDC’s likely impact on the travel industry, and how to select the right industry events for your business goals.

WYSTC Episode 4

Michael Weiss
Co-Founder, bitemojo

Passionate foodie entrepreneur Michael Weiss discusses the unique characteristics of independent cultural discovery through culinary experiences in this very personal episode of the WYSTC 2019 podcast series. Michael shares his advice on ‘going niche’, building B2B relationships, how startups can take advantage of WYSTC, and one of the best decisions the company made last year… hint: it was joining a community called WYSE Travel Confederation.