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Global Youth Travel Awards 2016 winners announced

26 September 2016
26 Sep 2016 -

The winners of the Global Youth Travel Awards 2016 – in partnership with Destination Canada and International Experience Canada – were announced yesterday, 23 September during the concluding event of this year’s World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in Belgrade.

Having drawn an impressive number of nominations and votes, the award categories celebrate the outstanding performers within the youth, student and educational travel industry and act as a benchmark for excellence within this fast-growing sector.

David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, said:

“The calibre of nominations improves every year across all award categories and is once again truly outstanding. 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 organisations helping them also continue to offer new products and services that meet the needs of young travellers.”

NOMINATED AWARDS:

 

EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE
Winner: Alliance Abroad Group
Runner up: Trek to Teach
Honourable mention: Anyway Plus

 

GREEN ACCOMMODATION INITIATIVE
Winner: YHA New Zealand
Runner up: Swiss Youth Hostels
Honourable mention: Stayokay

 

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Winner: STA Travel
Runner up: EF Education First
Honourable mention: Jucy Rentals

 

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Winner: Greenheart Travel 
Runner up: African Adventures 
Honourable mention: Pod Volunteer 

 

BEST TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT
Winner: Tipi
Runner up: eRoam.com 
Honourable mention: Inspirock
 

 

BEST WORK EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Winner: Austern International 
Runner up: Wanderbrief 
Honourable mention: The Intern Group 

 

BEST EDUCATION ABROAD PROVIDER
Winner: Sentio
Runner up: EduTours Africa  
Honourable mention: Wild China 

 

BEST SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE
Winner: STA Travel 
Runner up3 Sisters Adventure Trekking & Empowering Women of Nepal – EWN 
Honourable mention: Ayana Journeys 

 

BEST YOUTH TRAVEL BLOGGER
Winner: iamella.com 
Runner up: That Backpacker 
Honourable mention: Run Towards Travel 

 

CONSUMER VOTED AWARDS:
The following awards were voted for by 5000 young travellers:

 

BEST YOUTH TRAVEL AIRLINE:
Winner: Emirates
Runner up: AirCanada
Honourable mention:Ryanair

 

BEST YOUTH TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION:
Winner: Generator
Runner up: Meininger
Honourable mention: Safestay

 

BEST YOUTH TOUR OPERATOR:
Winner: I Love Travel
Runner up: Rustic Pathways
Honourable mention: Bus 2 Alps
 

 

BEST YOUTH TRAVEL AGENT:
Winner: StudentUniverse
Runner up: STA Travel
Honourable mention: Rustic Pathways
 
Nominations for the next Global Youth Travel Awards will open in 2017. For more information visit awards.wystc.org.See you at WYSTC 2017 in Montreal, Canada!