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WYSTC facilitates trade between providers and buyers of products and services for youth and student travellers. In terms of WYSTC, a buyer is an organisation that sends young travellers abroad through partnerships with provider organisations. Typical WYSTC buyers are:

  • Agents sending participants for cultural exchange programmes overseas (for example, work & travel and au-pair programmes)
  • Travel agents (online and traditional)
  • Group and FIT tour organisers
  • Agents offering study abroad programmes
  • Other types of organisations that send young travellers abroad through partnerships with provider organisations

To learn about buyer organisations that were represented at WYSTC in the past, review the participating buyers page.

The WYSTC 2018 Buyer Programme offers selected buyer organisations special participation terms. Organisations willing to be considered for the WYSTC 2018 Buyer Programme are invited to complete the WYSTC 2018 buyer application form. Received applications are assessed against each other and WYSTC 2018 buyer section criteria:

  • Feedback from 4 provider references
  • Scale of the current business
  • Potential for the future business
  • Breakdown of youth travellers sent by sector
  • Priority destinations
  • Office location(s)
  • Participation objectives
  • Previous attendance of WYSE Travel Confederation events
  • Outcomes of previous WYSE Travel Confederation event participation (business appointment statistics and provider feedback)
  • WYSE Travel Confederation membership

In line with the WYSTC 2018 Buyer Programme strategy, several groups of applicants will be prioritised in the buyer selection process:

  • Potential first-time WYSTC participants
  • Organisations representing the broader host region – Scotland and neighbouring countries
  • Organisations sending young travellers from underrepresented outbound markets
  • Organisations sending within underrepresented sectors
  • Organisations looking to source multiple types of products/services for young travellers
  • Organisations looking to connect with providers from multiple inbound destinations

There are limited buyer places available and as such we operate on a first come, first served basis.

As an outcome of buyer application, selected organisations are categorised either as Hosted Buyer or Qualified Buyer. Participation benefits, terms and conditions corresponding to each category apply, as described below.

Organisations that are not selected for the WYSTC 2018 Buyer Programme, or do not wish to follow buyer terms and conditions, are invited to participate as regular delegates.

  • Single room accommodation in Edinburgh*
  • Reimbursement of return flights to Edinburgh*
  • Access to buyer familiarisation tours highlighting the host city and surroundings – TBC
  • Access to WYSTC 2018 educational programme
  • Entrance to WYSTC 2018 networking events, including lunches, refreshment breaks and evening receptions
  • Entrance to the annual Global Youth Travel Awards ceremony
  • Pre-conference details of all attending delegates
  • Access to Marcom ACE – an online business appointment scheduling system
  • Listing as a buyer on WYSTC 2018 website, across WYSTC 2018 social media channels and in the conference handbook
  • Administration fee of EUR 299 applies
  • Hosted Buyer terms and conditions apply
  • Opportunity to register a colleague as a Hosted Buyer second delegate for EUR 1099 (non-member rate) or EUR 899 (member rate), excluding accommodation or flights

* Organisations categorised as Hosted Buyers receive a written confirmation of what is included in their participation offer – i.e. whether they are offered hosted flights and/or accommodation

  • Access to buyer familiarisation tours highlighting the host city and surroundings – TBC
  • Access to WYSTC 2018 educational programme
  • Entrance to WYSTC 2018 networking events, including lunches, refreshment breaks and evening receptions
  • Entrance to the annual Global Youth Travel Awards ceremony
  • Pre-conference details of all attending delegates
  • Access to Marcom ACE – an online business appointment scheduling system
  • Listing as a buyer on WYSTC 2018 website and across WYSTC 2018 social media channels
  • Administration fee of EUR 799 applies
  • Qualified Buyer terms and conditions apply
  • Opportunity to register a colleague as a Qualified Buyer 2nd delegate for EUR 1099 (non-member rate) or EUR 899 (member rate)