Why We’re Wild About WYSTC

The World Youth Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry. Since its inception in 1992, the conference has been held in a different international location and this year it will take place in Belgrade, Serbia September 20-23.  Six hundred industry professionals from over 100 countries are expected to come together to network, exchange ideas and collaborate to fuel and further the youth and student travel industry.

David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, the event sponsor, is optimistic about the strength and resilience of the youth travel market. “Despite the unsettled nature of travel as a whole, with terrorism and political unrest halting tourism in some areas, youth travel remains resilient. Not only do young people continue to travel during difficult times, but the agencies and organizations helping them also continue to offer new products and services that meet the needs of young travelers.

The conference covers all aspects and interests of the industry and is an incredible opportunity to strengthen partnerships and create new ones. The latest information on policies affecting the travel and tourism industry, innovations that improve the experience, industry trends and the emersion of new programs are some of the many topics discussed through workshops, networking and seminars.

WYSTC provides insights and education to the many influences and factors facing the industry and keeps us abreast and in tune with challenges and concerns of war, terrorism, safety and our important role as visa sponsors in facilitating safe and meaningful experiences.

Alliance Abroad is honored to be a finalist in the Most Extraordinary Experience category. Follow Thato Khasuli, our 2015 WYSTC intern recipient, on our blog and his amazing journey from South Africa to America.  Thato reminds us that what we do has a higher purpose and can change the world…one person, company, community and country at a time.

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