Speakers and moderators

Silke Kerwick 

Committee Member, Backpacker & Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) and Public Affairs Manager, YHA Australia 

Silke has many years of experience in youth tourism and cultural exchange, gained on several continents. Since 2000 she has worked for YHA Australia in marketing, communications & public affairs, promoting a network of 70 youth hostels. Prior to this, Silke was with The British Council in Australia, developing bi-lateral cultural and educational exchanges. She has also worked in student travel in London and for CIEE (Council for International Educational Exchanges) in New York. Silke is passionate about the benefits that cultural exchanges can bring to the lives of young people and their host countries. Originally a Working Holiday Maker herself, and an author for Rough Guides, she’s still a backpacker at heart. 

Why attend

  • Over 450 attendees from the global youth and student travel industry
  • 150+ pre-selected buyers
  • Pre-scheduled business appointments
  • 92% senior management attendees
  • Industry educational session