Youth Travel Awards

The Global Youth Travel Awards formally recognise outstanding performers in several fields of international youth travel and reward WYSE Travel Confederation members who contribute so much to our industry and our community.

Prizes will be awarded at the Global Youth Travel Awards Ceremony during WYSTC at the WYSTC Farewell evening on Friday, 20 September 2013.

Participate by celebrating the people who made a difference in your world. WYSE Travel Confederation members are invited to submit entries in the  categories described below. Submissions for the Global Youth Travel Awards are now open.

Award Categories


Best B2B Tech Product

Eligibility: Open

Tech ProductJust as the jet engine revolutionised travel in the 1960s, digital technology and widespread use of the internet has brought a second revolution to the travel and tourism industry today.

Our customers can interact with us through so many channels, but we’re interested in the technology that they don’t always see but has made doing business easier.

Deadline: 1 August 2014, Midnight CET

For more information please click here.


WYSE Travel Confederation Award for Social Responsibility

Eligibility: Open

ResponsibilityThe landmark San Diego Declaration of 2012 affirmed that ‘youth, student and educational travel provides a strong vehicle to foster cultural understanding, social interaction and peace’.

It also highlighted the importance for the industry of ‘optimising the social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits to stakeholders in destinations’ through ‘promoting the principles of fair trade, inclusive economic development and protection of human rights for the economically poor and socially vulnerable’.

Deadline: 1 August 2014, Midnight CET

For more information please click here.


WYSE Travel Confederation Extraordinary Experience

 Eligibility: Open

EXTRAConcept: Please nominate a young person who has had an extraordinary overseas experience through your organisation.  Examples might include a young person who has volunteered or worked in Africa, climbed the Himalayas, learnt an exotic language or engaged in a valuable way with another culture.

To enter,  submit a one-page summary of the Extraordinary Experience alongside some visual evidence such as photos or video to: awards@wysetc.org. Short listed entries may be asked to provide further information.  (Please enter ‘Experience Award’ in the subject of your email submission).

Deadline: 1 August 2014, Midnight CET


WYSE Travel Confederation Marketing Innovation

Eligibility: Open

InnovationConcept: We are looking for an innovative and successful marketing campaign, online sales initiative or use of technology that your organisation has developed, which can be inspiring to other youth travel organisations.

This might be a clever advertising campaign, an innovative way of engaging with your customers, a ground-breaking Facebook campaign or even a successful harnessing of mobile technology.

Deadline: 1 August 2014, Midnight CET

For more information please click here.


WYSTC App Yap

wystc2013_app-yapp-without-enter-nowEligibility: Open

Concept: We’re searching for the best app in the youth travel industry – could it be yours? The winner of The App Yap Contest will be announced at the Global Youth Travel Awards on Friday, 20 September, 2013.

VOTE NOW: Voting open between 1 – 30 August, 2014


STAY WYSE Green Initiative

Eligibility: Youth Travel Accommodation Providers

stay-wyse-green-e1373019935659Concept: In recent years, accommodation providers and travellers alike are becoming more concerned with the impact of travelling in both the physical and social environment and making a conscious effort to reduce this impact by making more eco-friendly choices.

For more information please click here.


WYSE Volunteer & Travel – Outstanding Volunteer Project

Eligibility: All Organisations (senders/receivers) in the Volunteering Industry

Award 2013Concept: The award is looking to showcase volunteer projects that stand out through key characteristics, such as sustainability and responsibility, in this growing industry segment.

For more information please click here.


WYSE Work Abroad “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest

Eligibility: WYSE Work Abroad Member Organisation

expand-e1373034471479Concept: WYSE Work Abroad celebrates the many benefits of the work and volunteer abroad experience by hosting a video contest where young people can submit a video that shares their unique experience of working or volunteering abroad. One lucky participant will win USD $1,000! And the winner will be announced at WYSTC during Global Youth Travel Awards.

To enter, you will need to submit your entry to video@wyseworkabroad.org, noting your first and last name and the member organisation you are representing, along with the title and a link to your video.  Only one entry is permitted per person and have to be connected to a WYSE Work Abroad member. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

All entries from the 2013 Expand Your Horizons competition and  last year’s winner can be viewed here.

Deadline: 1 August 2014, Midnight CET