The Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) formally recognise outstanding performers in fifteen fields of international youth travel and reward WYSE Travel Confederation members and other stakeholders in the youth, student and educational travel industry who make an outstanding contribution to our industry.

The GYTAs began at the World Youth Student and Educational Conference (WYSTC) 2011 in Barcelona with a focus on bringing to light the great experiences being provided by members of our community.

In subsequent years – 2012 in San Diego, 2013 in Sydney, 2014 in Dublin, 2015 in Cape Town and 2016 in Belgrade – the awards have evolved to include members of the wider youth travel industry and a greater number of awards.

As the prestige of the GYTAs has grown, so has the awards ceremony, which takes place at every WYSTC Conference.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Grand Salon Opera ballroom at Hyatt Regency Montreal and will be hosted by MC Nick Pound and David Chapman. Opening drinks will start at 19:30 local time.

Nominated Categories

Submit you application form to enter
one of the Nominated Categories.


Consumer-voted Categories

A chance for consumers to vote for their favourite youth travel accommodation, airline, agent or tour operator.

Voting form

Terms & Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before you enter the Global Youth Travel Awards. By submitting an entry, you accept these Terms and Conditions and agree to comply with them.


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.

David Chapman

Director General, WYSE Travel Confederation




What are the Global Youth Travel Awards?

The Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) formally recognise outstanding performers in fifteen areas across the global youth, student and educational travel industry.

What is WYSE Travel Confederation?

The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for young travellers and the youth, student and educational travel industry that serves them.

Click here for more information about WYSE Travel Confederation.

How can I contact WYSE Travel Confederation regarding the GYTAs?

If you have any questions regarding the Global Youth Travel Awards, please contact awards@wysetc.org.

Entering the Awards

Do I need to be a WYSE Travel Confederation member to enter the awards?

No. However, if you are operating in the youth, student and educational travel industry we would highly recommend that you join WYSE Travel Confederation as membership offers you a range of benefits, including access to the latest research, regular webinars, news and discounts on major industry events.

Do I have to pay to enter the awards?

No, entry is free of charge.


What is the deadline to enter the awards?

The deadline to submit application forms for all Nominated Categories is 23:59 CET on 14 August 2017. Entries received after this deadline will not be processed.  Voting for the consumer-voted awards will close at 23:59 CET on 3 September 2017.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, you may enter as many as are relevant to your business.

Can I enter each category more than once?

Yes, you can.

How will I know you have received our submission?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail that your application has been received.


How will entries be judged?

Nominated Categories

WYSE Travel Confederation will shortlist a maximum of five entrants per category. A panel of industry expert judges will then assign scores to each applicant, against each category’s judging criteria.  The organisation with the highest score will be the winner.

Consumer-voted Categories

For the Best Youth Travel Airline, Best Youth Travel Accommodation, Best Youth Travel Agent, and Best Youth Travel Operator awards the winners will be chosen by the consumers themselves based on the highest number of valid votes received for each award.

Who is on the judging panel?

A number of youth, student and industry professionals make up the judging panel each year. Names of the judges will be disclosed after the voting process has ended.

Shortlisted entrants

When will the shortlist be announced?

Shortlisted organisations will be announced in early September 2017 on our website and social media. Shortlisted organisations will also be notified by email.

Awards Ceremony

When and where will the awards be presented?

The Global Youth Travel Awards will be presented during WYSTC 2017 in Montreal, Canada on Thursday, 28 September in the Grand Salon Opera ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. The ceremony will start at 19:30 local time.

What is the programme for the evening?

The programme of the reception will be announced shortly.

Can I attend the Awards Ceremony?

Yes. Simply register for WYSTC 2017 and your registration will include a ticket for the Global Youth Travel Awards ceremony.

If you are amongst shortlisted organisations and do not own a delegate ticket to the WYSTC Conference, you may apply for a guest pass for one designated representative to access the gala dinner.

Will the seating be pre-organised?


Is there wheelchair access?


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What is the dress code?

Black tie/smart.

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