“It’s crucial to keep up with emerging industry trends – especially nowadays – and WYSTC provides a platform to learn from experts and discuss best practices.”

Casey Slamin
Senior Vice President of Programs
InterExchange

“This is where the youth travel industry meets.”

Enrique León
Managing Director
Aston Herencia

“WYSTC never fails to impress: the quality of the buyers, opportunities for networking and great atmosphere make for three very worthwhile days.”

Amit Sondhi
Founder & Managing Director
AASHA

“I very much look forward to attending WYSTC for the first time! I most look forward to connecting with potential new partners and re-connecting with existing partners. I am also excited to hear about new developments in our industry and get inspired to make improvements to our organisation and way of working.”

Nina Slupphaug
Educatius Group

“WYSTC consistently delivers for us: sales, connections and market knowledge.”

Russ Hedge
President & CEO
HI USA

“What a pleasure to be back in Lisbon for a face-to-face conference after 1,5 years of Zoom! WYSTC is always a great place to make new contacts and find exciting programmes and products you cannot find elsewhere.”

Guillaume Avond
Managing Director
Gama Study

“Best networking event of the year for youth and student travel! The combination of educational sessions, keynotes + business meetings makes it rewarding and highly inspirational.”

Pernille Vaupel
Concept Manager
KILROY International A/S

“In our industry, WYSTC provides the only opportunity for us to meet dozens of existing partners and key relationships in one space. You can get a months worth of partner visits done in three days, whilst surrounding yourself in an environment with people from all over the world who share the same vision around the power of Cultural Exchange.”

Robert Burchell
Business Development Director
Smaller Earth

Thank you to WYSE Travel Confederation for putting together a first-class conference this year in Lisbon. The in-person part of the conference went flawlessly, and it was an easy transition from in-person to online for those who couldn’t make it. It couldn’t have been easy setting up a hybrid event.

 This year’s conference attracted people from countries that normally don’t attend annually. It was great to see them and in fact, we saw new business come from some of those places. We’re looking forward to WETM-IAC in Malta and to continue on the successes that came from such a great conference in Lisbon.

Randy LeGrant
President
Academic Language Solutions

“This event provides the exact caliber of decision makers needed to grow your business. There are no other events in our conference schedule that is more important to attend, sponsor and participate in.”

John Ricci
Managing Director
J1 SIMcards

“Professional and effective.”

Stephanie Shi
Deputy Director of Investment Dept.
Jin Jiang Education Training Tour

“We found the WYSTC event tremendously well organised, and an invaluable opportunity to meet fellow industry professionals and gain new business links. We would recommend this event to any player in the corporate travel industry.”

Joseph Parton
Partner Relationship Manager
Oxford Royale Academy

“Thank you for hosting me. It was personally my first WYSTC and it was very valuable for me. I hope I will be able to join you next year in Lisbon.”

Julie Graham
Programs Director
Kaya Responsible Travel

“Loved the whole thing and look forward to next year! Well done to everyone involved in organising, fantastic event!”

Sonia Oke
Manager, Communications
Conservation Volunteers

“Love you guys. Is that unprofessional? Whatever. I do anyway ;-)”

Stephanie Taylor-Carrillo
PR and Communications Director
SANDEMANs NEW Europe

“A no-brainer! The Conference covers all our needs; from meeting new partners to cementing relationships with existing contacts, all whilst experiencing a key European destination.”

Marcie Schneider
President
Intrax Cultural Exchange

“Quality buyers, quality sessions and quality social. A no-brainer.”

Roi Porat
Managing Director
Authentic Israel

“WYSTC is the best conference for us to connect with hundreds of industry stakeholders from all over the globe.”

Liesbeth ten Donkelaar
Manager Marketing & Sales
Stayokay

“We are coming out of the last two years with a rebrand, a refocussing and a huge growth plan. I am really excited about bringing our innovative approaches to selling travel to the youth market to our partners and catching up with friends I have known for many years. At the same time, I look forward to getting to know new products in the industry and coming away with a bunch of new friends and partners.”

Dan Roberts
U.

“So much has changed throughout the pandemic and as an insurance vender, we are excited to educate our partners. In addition, to understand their future needs. No better way of accomplishing the task with the face-to-face interaction at WYSTC.”

Ted Cenatiempo
Senior Account Executive
CareMed

“We’ve been a member since 2004 and have benefited enormously from attending WYSTC every year. From our early days as a startup to an established market leader, WYSTC has been instrumental in helping us achieve significant milestones within the industry.”

Nick Pound
Director of Partnerships
World Nomads

“WYSTC provided an outstanding platform to meet new clients, network with both old and new clients and to discover new innovations in our industry.”

Kevin McCormick
Sales and Quality Manager
University of Bath

“WYSTC is the best conference you can attend in order to grow your business, meet new people and oportunities, learn awesome things in the youth market and discover new places around the world. If you are involved in any kind of activites related to young people you should consider attending the next WYSTC Conference!”

Alex Mitroi
Operations Director
American Experience

“WYSTC 2018, Edinburgh was a fantastic conference! Earthstompers Adventures made plenty new business connections, received information about the ever changing youth travel market and exploring this magical city was just amazing! Looking forward to Lisbon, next year!”

Cindy Schalkwyk
Marketing Manager
Earthstompers Adventures

“The WYSTC team have done a fantastic job in creating WYSTC 2018 and ensuring everything went smoothly. Can only imagine what a mammoth task it is to create such an event.”

Scarlett Kdowsett
Regional Manager
STA Travel ISIC UK

“It is imperative and fantastic to have WYSE organisation representing youth tourism.”

Anne Dolan
Founder
Clink Hostels

“Couldn’t have built my business without WYSTC.”

Joanna Burnet
Director
VisitOz / Australian Working Adventures

“I really enjoyed how WYSTC brings together the decision makers at youth travel companies from all over the world, meaning a new opportunity is just a few minutes’ chat away. The philosophy of youth travel also means the conference is fun as well, with lots of social events built into the calendar of appointments and seminars.”

Philip Cabra Netherton
Managing Director
Euroventure Travel Ltd

“WYSTC never disappoints when it comes to networking opportunities or relevant seminars. Great to be able to get updates by leading industry people – from surveys to talks about a potential crisis or emerging trends. Keep up the good work!”

Joan Lott Carlsen
Director/owner
ALOTT

“I found the conference to be a good format to network due to limited size and convenient location.”

Stefania Bresquar
Director
GEO International

“Congratulations to all staff, your hard work was worth it!”

Maura De Araujo Leão
CEO, President
Yázigi Travel

“I have in general, found WYSTC to be a wonderful opportunity to meet with industry members from around the world. It fosters potential business relationships and increases ones awareness of trends and opportunities for growing our business on a global stage.”

Ron Jeffery
Business Development Manager
Merit Travel

“WYSTC is fantastic. I wish i could have another opportunity to attend in the next one. Thanks a lot!”

Jie Li
President
Chengdu Infinity Cultural Exchange Co., Ltd

“Attending [WYSTC] continues to open my eyes to the endless possibilities for growth and, most importantly, showed me that I’m part of a community of individuals who feel the same passion about the importance of student & youth travel.”

Fredrick Elliott
Head Of Business Development
StudentUniverse

“For a start-up, WYSTC is a real opportunity to establish yourself and meet worldwide potential partners. For mature businesses it’s great to catch up with everyone all in one place, and see what’s new in the market.”

David Stitt
Managing Director
Gap 360

“WYSTC have provided the perfect stage for buyers and sellers in the Youth Travel industry to network professionally and at the same time shine a spotlight onto an emerging travel destination. The event is run very smoothly with friendly volunteers on hand to help you work out where you are meant to be next. Its a jam packed week and it goes by so fast.”

Dave O’Malley
Business Development Manager – EMEA
World Nomads

“Aside from the many opportunities to do business, the event embodies what youth travel is about: connection, having fun and expanding your horizons.”

William L. Gertz
Chairman
AIFS

“WYSTC is a great opportunity to meet new partners, reconnect with existing partners/industry friends and be in touch with market players again. WYSTC is an incredible event, and despite having virtual events during the pandemic, meeting our partners in-person and having the networking opportunities this event offers us is priceless! See you in Lisbon!”

Eduardo Heidemann
Travel Mate

“WYSTC is the one conference and sales opportunity you should not miss. The availability of sales opportunities far exceeds other conferences and our ability each year to convert contacts into sales has been amazing.”

Dave Dahl
President
WISE Foundation

“WYSTC is a great place to network with people from the industry, exchange ideas, learn about the trends and challenges and make new connections.”

Julie Graham
Programs Director
Kaya Responsible Travel

“It was a very good conference, very productive and hopefully I’ll attend it next year in Lisbon.”

Marie Claude Saliba
General Manager
Educom Overseas

“This was my first time attending the conference. I found it an amazing introductory into networking and forming new business relationships. The ‘speed dating’ concept is very effective.”

Sophie Bagheri
Business Development Manager
Once in Cape Town

“For Travello, WYSTC was a fantastic event, as an emerging company, to make new connections and gain invaluable exposure to potential partners. The connections we made in 3 days would have taken us 3 months to gather without the event. It was a great experience for us at Travello App.”

Ryan Hanly
CEO
Travello App

“At WYSTC I met the partners I was looking for, with the same values and purposes. Together we will be able to promote a positive and sustainable social impact throughout the world, challenging frontiers and encouraging intercultural understanding.”

Agustina Gutiérrez
Director/ Co-Founder
Tingua

“Thank you for everything! We are proud to be your member!”

Elena Shabalovskaya
General Manager/Owner
Kazakhstan Council for Educational Travel

“I was very well impressed with the quality of services provided, organization, details and care with the participants. Seminars had a high level of content and it was worthwhile every minute to be participating at the Conference.”

Maura De Araujo Leão
CEO, President
Yázigi Travel

“WYSTC sets the benchmark for international B2B networking and collaboration. Simply a must for your conference diary.”

Nick Pound
Head of Partnerships
World Nomads

“Useful experience, good contacts, different perspectives… possibility for business growth! Will definitely paticipate in the future again!”

Anna Lorenz-tylicka
Exchange Programs Director
Business Travel Club

“WYSTC is the place to be in order to connect you and your business with opportunities from all over the world. The business meetings are great and the educational seminars are giving you a new perspective of things. The people you meet are leaders in what they do and overall the conference is awesome!”

Alex Mitroi
Operations Director
American Experience

“Excellent conference and experience.”

Terri Hamilton
Travel Coordinator
BYU London Centre

“I appreciate all the hard work that your team puts forward. It is always a pleasure seeing you all!”

Michelle Hirschfeld
National Sales Director
Hostelling International USA

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