About

Vision and Mission: To contribute to the personal and professional growth of students and young people and positively impact our global community by fostering international understanding, responsible international travel, cultural exchange and education.

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A young traveller can start the journey alone, meeting the perfect travel companions along the way. They form a global network of their own — sharing information and tips, exploring together, and connecting for something grander.

Fostering a similar atmosphere within the dynamic youth travel sector, World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry.

Providing international travel experiences to over 30 million youth and students each year, WYSE Travel Confederation’s global community of 800 members spans 120 countries in these sectors:

Adventure Tour Operators – Au Pair Agencies – Backpacking – Cultural Exchange Programmes – Hop-on Hop Off Buses – International Education Providers – Language Schools & Agents – National Associations – Student Insurance – Student Flights – Student Identity Cards – Study Abroad Programmes – Tourism Boards & Official Tourism Organisations – Travel Industry Services – Universities -Volunteer Programmes – Work Abroad Opportunities – Youth Hostels and Booking Engines – Youth & Student Travel Retailers

It is the world’s most powerful network of youth and student travel professionals, connecting key industry players with decision makers and government officials. Trusted members of WYSE Travel Confederation are recognised in their market as leaders in youth, backpacking, educational and student travel. Their activities are consistent with our strict codes of conduct.

What We Do

The Confederation is committed to understanding the ever-changing characteristics, motivations, and needs of young travellers. By gathering, analysing and sharing important market intelligence with members, academics and government decision-makers, satisfying the unique fast-changing needs of the youth market is at the forefront of our activities.

The Confederation works with members, sector associations, tourism authorities and partners around the globe to:

  • Promote the personal, social, economic and cultural benefits of youth travel and international education by working in partnership with governments and tourism boards worldwide
  • Support the development and success of student and youth travel specialists, and the critical role they play in this unique $200 billion niche industry
  • Provide trading, networking and knowledge-sharing platforms
  • Develop innovative travel and educational products & services for youth and students, such as the International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Deliver two essential trade conferences: World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) and Work Experience Travel Market (WETM-IAC)
  • Produce and distribute research and market intelligence to identify the unique needs and trends of today’s independent travellers
  • Provide best practice guidelines on products and policiesRepresent our members at industry events worldwide
  • Specialist Sector Support

Our dedicated team of 15+ highly-skilled professionals based in the head office in Amsterdam work on a portfolio of key issues to accelerate the development of youth travel, and they always have our members’ best interests in mind.

But becoming a Confederation member is only the first step. Members of WYSE Travel Confederation can access a range of valuable services and products which help make youth travel exciting and affordable by joining our specialist sector associations:

The World Youth & Student Travel Conference

The Confederation’s annual networking and trading event is the annual World Youth and Student Travel Conference, the youth, student and educational industry’s essential global youth travel must-attend event. This year, WYSTC 2014 will take place in Dublin, Ireland, 23-26 September 2014. Attending WYSTC is a must for anyone connected to the youth travel industry who is interested in growing their business and making key connections, through trading with trusted partners and exchanging knowledge, experience and expertise. Visit the website at www.wystc.org.

A 60-year heritage in promoting youth travel

Our founding organisations – the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (FIYTO) and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) – were formed just after World War II to inspire young people through international travel and to help remove cultural barriers.

This mission remains just as vital and relevant today. More than ever before, young people must equip themselves with the international skills necessary for today’s global economy. Affordable access to work, study and travel opportunities is a vital part of their education and personal development.

WYSE Travel Confederation was formed in 2006 when FIYTO and ISTC merged to create a stronger united body to represent the global youth travel industry. The Confederation is therefore built on decades of industry experience and is bound together by a trusted global community.