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Insurance companies and organisations operating in risk management, safeguarding, travel safety and child protection are represented by the Travel Safety, Insurance Services and Child Protection Sector Panel. Nevertheless, safety concerns all aspects of the youth travel sector: for this reason, the Travel Safety Panel works closely with the Accommodation, Cultural Exchange and Study Abroad Sector Panels to improve sector-specific safety and security policies.

The Travel Safety Sector Panel’s objectives are in line with WYSE Travel Confederation’s Four Pillars, which represent the value proposition to our members: Trading, Research, Education and Advocacy.

  • Trading: providing business opportunities for members to meet with new insurance providers and organisation working within the risk management, safeguarding and child protection sectors by delivering top-quality events.
  • Research: helping our members to improve their safety and security policies by collecting valuable data on both consumer and business trends, producing research reports to guide members towards the right strategic decisions when it comes to safeguarding, risk management, insurance and child protection.
  • Education: informing and educating our members about the latest issue and trends on safety and security in youth travel, sharing best practices and policies in child protection and safeguarding.
  • Advocacy: helping our members to reach a uniform level on safeguarding, risk management, insurance and child protection policies, providing sector specific best practices, guidelines and toolkits and addressing industry issues on behalf of members.

Trading: meet new business partners at our events

WYSTC Lisbon 2019

Date:  8 - 11 October 2019
Location: Lisbon Congress Center, 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.

STAY WYSE Miami: Where the Hostel Industry meets

Date:  19 - 20 November 2019
Location: Faena Forum, Miami, USA

After four successful years in Amsterdam, where STAY WYSE Amsterdam has established itself as the place to meet new trading partners in the youth travel accommodation sector from buyers, to operators, investors and suppliers, STAY WYSE will now expand to the Americas. This second event, called STAY WYSE Miami, will bring together members of the youth travel accommodation sector from North and South America.

STAY WYSE Amsterdam: Where the Hostel Industry meets

Date:  30 - 31 January 2020
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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


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


Threat Level: Critical. Effective, real-time risk management training for the student & youth travel industry

Glen Abel, Magnifi Group
Kristin Leeman, Magnifi Group, Europe

ITB Berlin 2019

The need for video: Combining video content types to reach your audience

Phil Sylvester, World Nomads
Alex Porter-Smith, High Tide Media

ITB Berlin 2018


Self Certification

WYSE Travel Confederation has introduced a certification for WYSE accommodation providers. The promotion of a safe environment within a communal accommodation facility for young people lies at the very core of the WYSE Travel Confederation mission. The certification is directed at ensuring guest safety, as well as the safety of the establishment’s employees.

San Diego Declaration

The San Diego Declaration provides the basis for WYSE Travel Confederation’s work with international organisations, governments, sector stakeholders and other NGOs in furthering the cause of global youth travel.

The Sector Panellists

Nick Pound

Director of Partnerships
World Nomads

Manny Soar

Representative of IASIS