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Membership benefits

Trading & events

WYSE Travel Confederation creates trading opportunities for buyers and sellers of international youth travel products and services through its portfolio of events. You can learn more about these events by visiting our events page. Our events are designed to help the industry grow by facilitating business to businesses introductions, sharing expertise and best practices and providing key industry insights. WYSE Travel Confederation events include face to face business meetings, educational sessions from top industry leaders, sponsored networking sessions and much more. Depending on your level of WYSE membership, you will be entitled to the following benefits at WYSE events

Subsidiary organisations
If your organisation has one or more subsidiary youth and student travel organisations under the same ownership then you can save money by adding them to your membership for only € 200 per brand. Both the principal membership organisation and the subsidiary organisation will benefit independently from the full range of member benefits.

Events discount
Members receive discounted delegate registrations for all WYSE Travel Confederation events (excluding the World Youth and Student Travel Conference). This benefit is aimed at enabling members to make the most out of the trading opportunities available at WYSE Travel Confederation events.

As a Buyer member you will be prioritised for hosted buyer spots at our events that are relevant to your business, and be the first to hear about them. You will also receive a member registration discount for our events that do not run the Buyer Programme, such as WETM-IAC.

World Youth and Student Travel Conference discount
The World Youth and Student Travel Conference is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry with more than 600 delegates attending the event in 2018. As a Buyer member, your orgainsation will be permanently guaranteed one Hosted Buyer registration for WYSTC, meaning that you will be able to register one delegate in the cheapest available Hosted Buyer category every year without having to apply and go through the WYSTC Buyer Programme selection process (note that hosted flights and accommodation are not guaranteed).

World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) booth discount
As a Buyer member this benefit does not apply to your organisation.

Access to ITB Berlin Booth
As a Buyer member your organisation has the opportunity to co-exhibit at the WYSE Travel Confederation booth at ITB Berlin. In 2019 21 member organisations utilised this opportunity to gain more visibility, increased foot traffic and greater brand awareness at one of the worlds largest travel conferences.

Logo
As a Buyer member you will be able to use the WYSE Travel Confederation logo in your print and online marketing collateral and present yourself as a trusted member of the youth travel industry community. The WYSE Travel Confederation logo is recognisable industry wide and will show your involvement in and commitment to the youth, student and educational travel industry.

Letter of Support
As a Buyer member, your organisation will receive a letter of support from WYSE Travel Confederation, verifying your participation in the youth, student and educational travel industry’s most powerful industry body.

Research and Education

Research
The WYSE research programme aims to provide the youth travel community with the data and market intelligence it needs to develop the policies, services, and products that make international travel and educational experiences exciting, safe, accessible, and affordable for young people. As a Buyer member your organisation will benefit by having full access to WYSE Travel Confederation research publications, including industry-wide and sector specific data.

Education
In conjunction with our research programme, WYSE Travel Confederation has many resources to further educate players in the youth travel industry. These include seminars, webinars and workshops delivered over the course of a year by more than 120 informed industry experts. As a Buyer member you will:

  • Have full access to all our educational material
  • Have opportunities to share your expertise and experience as a speaker in our educational programme (webinars, seminars and workshops).
  • Be able to shape our industry research and education work by sharing your ideas and business needs
  • Receive our members-only newsletters offering the latest industry updates

Sponsorship
Sponsoring WYSE Travel Confederation research and education material is only available to Elite members

Advocacy

WYSE Travel Confederation contributes to the youth and student travel industry by:

  1. Raising awareness of the importance of the youth and student travel industry that, as one of the fastest growing sectors withing travel and tourism, now supports 67 million jobs and generates 2.4% of global GDP.
  2. Calling on tourism authorities to take youth travel into account when developing tourism strategies. This ensures that related destinations benefit from the positive impacts youth travel can bring.
  3. Championing policies that are inclusive, pro-growth and based on solid research
  4. Enabling major industry players to speak as one voice when dealing with governments and international bodies

As a Buyer member you will have opportunities to proactively address issues that affect your business, sector, or the industry as a whole, and receive the benefits of our work directly.

Voting rights and Management board
Certain levels of WYSE membership include the opportunity to have voting rights as well as to become members of the Management Board and Sector Panels.

  • Full, Elite, Buyer and Service Provider Members are member types that have voting rights. Voting rights involve…
  • Full, Elite, Buyer and Service Provider Members are member types eligible to be elected to the Management Board and Sector Panels. Elections to these positions take place annually. Our Management Board oversees the implementation of decisions made by our members at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) each year. More on this…

Additional conditions

  • Buyer membership with WYSE Travel Confederation is an automatically renewing membership. In order to not automatically renew members must give due notice outlined in Article 7.3 in the Articles of Association.
  • Buyer membership is available to buyer organisations that buy only, and therefore do not receive youth travellers

Other membership types

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