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WYSTC Advisory Committee

We are looking for five dynamic and connected people to join the WYSTC Advisory Committee to assist with a range of tasks, including:

  • Formulating the educational content for the conference
  • Recommending speakers – including possible keynotes
  • Attracting delegates
  • Welcoming speakers and sponsors to the event.

If you would like to be considered for a position on the committee, please click here and tell us what you could contribute to the planning of this year’s conference.

Advisory Committee positions are honorary but you will be given the opportunity of being able to meet all of the speakers and attend some exclusive events as part of the kudos of being a committee member.

If you would like more information about becoming an Advisory Committee member, or have any questions, please contact us.

What is it?

The WYSTC Advisory Board (WAB) is a body that provides non-binding strategic advice to the Management of WYSE Travel Confederation in the organisation, content and delivery of the annual WYSTC conference.

The WAB does not have authority to vote on corporate matters nor does it bear financial responsibility.

Who can be on the WAB?

Anybody who has a skill that would be useful in the delivery of the conference. You do not have to be a WYSE Travel Confederation member or even involved in youth travel to take part.

What items will the WAB get involved in?

The WAB will meet on a regular basis, at least monthly, to receive reports from the management about the status of the conference and also to provide direct assistance and help in:

Buyer programme

a. Assist in identifying buyers
b. Welcoming buyers on site
c. Identify new markets to approach buyers
d. Assist in sourcing accommodation and flights

Delegate sales/recruitment

a. Identify key markets in which to market WYSTC

Content

a. Educational Content
b. Event Content

Entertainment

a. Assist in identifying suitable entertainment for both cultural awareness sessions and also for the gala dinner

Speaker orientation

a. Identify suitable speakers to be approached
b. Assist with pre-conference speaker orientation webinars
c. Welcoming speakers to the conference

Sponsorships

a. Identify potential sponsors
b. Identify regional confederation members that can target potential sponsors
c. Assist in making sponsorship sales
d. Welcome sponsors to the conference

Event marketing

a. Social media
b. Local advertising and representation
c. Local government and NTO
d. Identify press, P.R. options and bloggers

Volunteer supply and coordination

a. Identify suitable academic institutions to supply volunteers
b. Seek institutions who may wish to offer free intern places for the top volunteers
c. Defining volunteer job descriptions
d. Assist with training and orienting volunteers by pre-event webinar
e. Assist with coordinating and training the volunteers at the event

New WYSTC delegate welcome

a. Establish a group of WYSTC Mentors to be available to new participants before the conference starts
b. Suggest ways to help new delegates feel welcomed and know what to expect at during the conference
c. Assist with the Connection Session for all delegates along with the Mentors
d. Assist with pre conference online webinar(s)
e. Assist with creating an orientation centre – act as main contact.

Host city

a. Assist in identifying FAM tours
b. Assist in connecting with the local tourism officials
c. Assist in identifying evening networking sites
d. Assist in identifying volunteer project to give back to the local community
e. Assist in identifying local volunteers
f. Assist in connecting to local tourism students

How much time will be involved?

In the run up to the conference the time involved will not be great, possibly about 3 to 4 hours per month, with the commitment increasing in the last month prior to the conference.

At the conference we expect WAB members who are attending to take an active part where they will be finalising the areas upon which they have been focussing over the previous six months or so.

We will be very conscious of WAB members who are attending the conference in a trading capacity to ensure that their responsibilities do not interfere with attending business appointments and educational sessions.

Would I get paid for this work?

No, the positions are honorary and we will only pay for direct expenses incurred. If you want to attend the conference then you may do so on a special ticket. This will allow you access to the networking events and to the educational sessions but not to the booking schedule or the trade hall.

So what would I get out of this?

WYSTC is a very high profile conference in the youth, student and educational market place and you can take an active part in getting involved in the arrangements for the conference. This will give you exposure to new networks of people, not to mention having your name in lights on the WYSTC website and public thanks at the AGM.

If you would like to be considered for a position on the committee, please click here and tell us what you could contribute to the planning of this year’s conference.