WYSE Travel Confederation is committed to understanding the ever-changing characteristics, motivations, and needs of young travellers. By gathering and analysing market intelligence, WYSE Travel Confederation helps members to meet the unique and fast-changing needs of the youth travel market.
This report is based on the STAY WYSE Hostel Booking Sources survey, which monitors the main distribution channels through which hostels and other youth travel accommodation providers secure bookings. The 2017 report offers hostel operators insights that enable them to assess their position in the marketplace, benchmark their performance, and identify opportunities to increase revenue. Global and regional OTAs, travel agents, tour operators and other sources of bookings for hostels are examined. The report also offers a glimpse at how accommodation operators currently view sharing economy accommodation platforms such as Airbnb.
Data collection and analysis is fundamental to developing successful youth travel products and destinations. WYSE research is based on primary sources and helps partners to understand the characteristics, motivations and needs of young travellers and the industry that supports them. Bespoke analyses on specific markets, destinations, supply, demand, and many other aspects of youth travel can be commissioned.
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Online Travel Agents (OTAs) are gaining more traction with young travellers, but there is still opportunity for hostels to win direct bookings. During the 2018 STAY WYSE Conference in Amsterdam, David Chapman presented the findings from the 2017 New Horizons survey.
When African Impact set out to find solutions for the extreme poverty and inadequate infrastructure in Livingston, Zambia, they created a unique model for a simple and sustainable volunteer project. The Build-It volunteer project launched in March 2016, after 10 years of working and connecting with communities in Zambia.
New Horizons IV, the global survey of youth and student travel, asked travellers how happy their last big trip abroad made them feel on a scale from 1 to 10. Findings suggest that the ‘sweet spot’ for travel seems to be in your late twenties, from age 26 to 29.