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Accommodation Panel

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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’s objectives fall within WYSE Travel Confederation’s Four Pillars: Trading, Research, Education and Advocacy.

  • Trading: 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.
  • Research: Help members grow their business by making informed decisions based on exclusive industry intelligence, market research and industry benchmarking.
  • Education: 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.
  • Advocacy: Provide members with a unified voice on issues within the accommodation sector.

Research and reports

WYSE Travel Confederation undertakes a wide variety of research. Below you can find a sample of our accommodation reports which are free of charge for members. For all our available reports, please click here.


Post-COVID positioning: Tracking and understanding European hostel performance in 2021

Kelsey Fenerty
Research Analyst, STR

WYSE Travel Confederation
Webinars 2021

Hostels in the not so distant future

Russ Hedge
CEO, HI USA | Chairman of the Management Board, WYSE Travel Confederation


Pete Edwards
Samesun Hostels
Carlos Felipe Santos
Viajero Hostels
Kim Whitaker
Once Youth Hotels
Yaron Burgin
Abraham Hostels

WYSE Travel Confederation
Webinars 2020

Branding and marketing for Gen Z

Anna Fawcett
Topdeck Travel
Jason Rieff

WYSTC 2019 Lisbon

Beyond the backpacker – building the right platform experience for younger travellers

Max van der Heijden

STAY WYSE Amsterdam 2019


Trading opportunities 

WYSE Travel Confederation offers many opportunities to meet new business partners and reconnect with existing partners at its industry events.


STAY WYSE Amsterdam: Where the hostel industry meets

Date:  26 - 27 January 2023

STAY WYSE Amsterdam brings together businesses involved in the youth travel accommodation sector for two days of trading, education and socialising. Now in its sixth year the Conference has rapidly established itself as the place to meet new trading partners; from buyers, to operators, investors and suppliers.


Date:  27 - 30 September 2022
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry. Since its inception in 1992 as the annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation, youth and student travel professionals have been gathering annually to trade, network and take part in seminars and workshops.


Against the backdrop of increasing consolidation of major Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), a group of leading hostels and industry associations met during WYSTC Sydney in 2013 to formulate a position statement regarding online distribution practices.

Accommodation Sector Panellists

Pieter van der Zeeuw

Managing Director
Hans Brinker Budget Hotel

Louise Garner

Commercial Director
Clink Hostels

Etienne Matichard

Director of Sales and Distribution

Kevin McCormick

Head of Commercial Operations
University of Bath

Brianda Lopez

Hostelling International


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.