Programme

Every year WYSTC ensures it brings new and topical subjects to the forefront for its delegates as WYSTC as it is seen as the ultimate platform to bring such items to those in the global youth tourism  industry.

And equally for those in the know to respond back providing crucial feedback and insight into an industry worth an estimated USD$183 Billion per year.

WYSTC also offers delegates 50 pre-scheduled business appointments, added Apps for additional business appointments, networking opportunities, workshops and brand exposure within the WYSTC Trade Hall.

The WYSTC programme will be held over various locations. For the main programme the event will be held on Monday and Tuesday at the official Hotel Partner, the PARK ROYAL Hotel, Day Street and on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the event will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The locations for the evening programme will be announced shortly.

Start End Session – Monday, 16 September*
14:00 18:00 REGISTRATION OPEN at the PARK ROYAL Hotel
19:00 00:00 WYSTC Kick – Off Reception hosted by WYSE Volunteer & Travel held at the Blackbird Cafe
   
Start End Session – Tuesday, 17 September*
8:00 18:00 REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 12:00 The Youth Travel Industry Giving Back – Volunteer Charity Projects
10:00 12:30 High-Level Policy forum for Destinations (exclusively for official tourism organisations and industry association representatives)
12:30 14:00 Prepare to Perform at WYSTC: Connection Session
14:00 14:15 Voting Registration for WYSE Travel Confederation Members
14:15 16:30 WYSE Travel Confederation Annual General Meeting
16:30 18:15 Reception and WYSE Work Abroad Annual General Meeting
16:45 18:15 STAY WYSE Annual General Meeting
19:15 21:30 WYSTC 2013 Welcome Reception
     *On Tuesday all events will be held at the PARK ROYAL Hotel
Start End Session – Wednesday, 18 September*
 8:00 18:00 REGISTRATION OPEN
 9:00 10:30 Welcome to WYSTC, Keynote and Opening General Session
10:25 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 11:45 US Immigration Reform: Implications for the J-1 Visa Programme
10:45 12:15 WYSE Travel Confederation Seminar – Youth travel and the emerging economies – adapting your business to the new wave of emerging market millennials
10:45 12:15 STAY WYSE Seminar – Insights into the Youth Travel Accommodation Market
10:45 12:15 The Australian Working Holiday Visa- Past, Present and Future
10:45 12:15 WYSE Travel Confederation Seminar – In the right place at the right time: Getting your message across to a tech-savvy audience
10:45 12:15 Risky business – Terrorism, pandemic, revolution and travel
12:30 14:00 WYSTC Lunch
12:45 13:45 ThinkTank: Technology
14:00 14:00 WYSTC Travel Market Opens for Business
14:00 15:30 Business Appointments and Trading Session
14:30 15:00 WYSE Tech Tables: Practical ways and actionable ways to increase your website traffic
15:30 15:45 Coffee Break
15:30 15:45 Tweet Up: 2012 Title: What are your top do’s and don’t for engaging customers via social media?
15:45 18:00 Business Appointments and Trading Session
16:30 17:00 WYSE Tech Table: Developing a tech product
18:00 19:00 WYSE Travel Confederation Prospective Member Reception
19:30 23:00 Evening Networking Reception
     *On Wednesday the event will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Start End Session – Thursday, 19 September*
 8:00 18:00 REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 9:00 WYSTC Tech Table: Using Technology in the hostelling industry.
8:30 10:30 Business Appointments and Trading Session
10:00 10:30 WYSE Tech Table: Tools for small business owners
10:30 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 12:45 WYSE Work Abroad Session on the US J-1 Visa Programme with DAS Robin Lerner
10:45 12:15 Between conflict and cooperation – finding win-win outcomes for hostels with online travel agents
10:45 12:15 Seminar – Personal safety: Protecting young people travelling away from home – Key considerations for participants, staff and organisations
10:45 12:15 WYSE Travel Confederation Seminar – Top of the pile: juggling SEO basics, social media and user review sites
12:30 14:00 WYSTC Lunch
12:45 13:45 ThinkTank: Hotel Legislation
12:45 13:45 Think Tank: J1
13:15 13:45 *Extra* WYSETech Table: Practical and actionable ways to increase your website traffic
14:00 15:15 WYSE Travel Confederation Seminar – How can Destinations Support the Growth of Youth Travel
15:15 15:30 Tweet Up: How can Destinations Support the Growth of Youth Travel
15:30 16:45 How to identify and address problem areas in your youth travel business. Brought to you by WYSE Volunteer & Travel
15:30 16:45 WYSE Travel Confederation Seminar – Connecting multinational corporations with the youth travel industry
15:30 16:45 WYSE Tech Workshop: Life on the smallscreen – doing business on the tablet and smartphone
15:30 16:45 WYSE Travel Confederation Seminar – Junior sales : selling to parents or juniors?
16:45 18:30 Business Appointments and Trading Session
21:00 00:00 WYSTC 2013 Fundraiser @ Hard Rock Cafe
    *On Thursday the event will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Start End Session – Friday, 20 September*
8:00 14:30 REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 10:30 Business Appointments and Trading Session
10:00 10:30 WYSE Tech Table: Simplifying user experience- presenting your product effectively online
10:30 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 12:15 Interactive Super Session – A speed date with 34,000 youth travellers
12:30 14:00 WYSTC Lunch
12:45 13:45 CEO ThinkTank
13:30 14:00 *Extra* WYSETech Table: Tools for small business owners
14:00 17:30 Business Appointments and Trading Session
14:30 15:00 WYSE TechTables: Using technology in the work abroad industry
20:00 01:00 WYSTC 2013 Farewell Reception and Global Youth Travel Awards
 *On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the event will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Programme Highlights

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference Programme will have new elements in addition to the events we continually develop every year. Each event is a perfect opportunity for you to expose your business.

If you wish to sponsor one of our events please email the WYSE Travel Confederation team at sponsorship@wysetc.org.