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Hostels, hotels, camping sites and student residences are represented within WYSE Travel Confederation by the Accommodation Panel. The Accommodation Panel provides support and guidance for one of the travel industry’s fastest growing markets. The Panel mission is to be the voice and forum for providers of safe and affordable youth travel accommodation.


The Accommodation Panel, formerly known as STAY WYSE, was formed in 2006 by a group of the world’s leading youth travel accommodation providers, in order to address two critical challenges facing the youth travel accommodation sector. Firstly, despite being an important part of the global tourism industry, organisations and companies active in youth accommodation services were not recognised or supported by local governments or national tourism authorities. The second challenge was that youth travel accommodation providers operate within a highly fragmented industry and this niche sector lacked a unified global voice to represent its interests and a central body to collate statistics and market intelligence. Today, the Accommodation Panel strives to be the unified voice of youth and student travel accommodation.




Provide members with new business partners via opportunities to meet with buyers and sellers of accommodation at our events as well as year-long member introductions.



Help members grow their business by making informed decisions based on exclusive industry intelligence, market research and industry benchmarking.


Keep members up to date on the latest trends, sector forecasting and best practice by delivering on and off-line educational opportunities through seminars, workshops, webinars, podcasts and news posts.



Provide members with a unified voice on issues within the accommodation sector.

Explore our directory of market intelligence

The Youth Travel Industry and COVID-19

Youth Travel Accommodation Usage

New Horizons IV: Hostels and accommodation for the young traveller

STAY WYSE Hostel Booking Sources

Trading opportunities

World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC)
Lisbon | 24 – 27 September 2024

The hostel business conference

Work Experience Travel Market & IAPA Annual Conference (WETM-IAC)

Sector Panel members

The Sector Panel is here to support WYSE Travel Confederation members. If you have any questions regarding the Accommodation Sector Panel, please get in touch here.

Abby Holland

Diogo Vaz Ferreira

Accommodation Panel Chair
Head of Commercial
Clink Hostels

Etienne Matichard

Director of Sales and Distribution

Tom Cooney

Tourism Adventure Group

Brianda Lopez

Hostelling International

Kevin McCormick

Head of Commercial Operations
University of Bath