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The WYSTC 2018 programme featured business appointments, networking opportunities and seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and meetings with leading travel professionals covering topics and trends of relevance to the global youth and student travel industry. 

Registration open 12:00 – 22:00 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh

Please note: the programme is subject to change.

Tuesday, 18 September
07:00
 Local Volunteer Project

07:45 – 13:00
07:45 – 13:00

Edinburgh city walking tour

10:00 – 12:00
10:00 – 12:00
Edinburgh city walking tourSponsored by SANDEMANs New Europe Tours
08:00
09:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
WYSE Travel Confederation AGM and Panel Elections

14:30 – 17:00
14:30 – 17:00
Venue: Penthouse Suite, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
15:00
16:00
17:00
Invite only: WYSE Members Reception

17:30 – 19:00
17:30 – 19:00
Venue: Monboddo
18:00
19:00
Invite only: Tourism Australia WYSTC buyer networking event

19:00 – 00:00
19:00 – 00:00
Venue: Brewhemia
20:00
21:00
Conference bar

22:00 – 23:00
21:30 – 23:00
Conference barSponsored by WISE Foundation and CICD
22:00
23:00

Tuesday, 18 September

No events available!

Registration open 08:00 – 18:00

Please note: the programme is subject to change.

Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
09:00
Opening address
09:00 - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Opening addressDavid Chapman, WYSE Travel Confederation, Fiona Hyslop, Government of Scotland
09:30
Keynote: The bumblebees of travel & tourismHelen Marano, World Travel & Tourism Council
10:00
10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
11:00
Washington update
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
Washington updateIlir Zherka, The Alliance
Digital nomads
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
Digital nomadsPanel discussion
Empowering young women through study abroadMichelle Lomeña, AIP Language Institute
Business appointments
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:30
12:00
Business appointments
12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
12:30
New Horizons IV: The big takeaways
12:20 - 12:40
12:30 - 13:00
New Horizons IV: The big takeawaysProf. Greg Richards, WYSE Travel Confederation
13:00
Wednesday Lunch
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Wednesday LunchSponsored by STS Education
13:30
14:00
Incorporating the SDGs into your youth travel businessBrianda Lopez, Hostelling International
Business appointments
14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
14:30
15:00
Coffee break
15:00 - 15:30
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
15:30
Sleeping with JO&JOE
15:30 - 15:50
15:30 - 16:00
Sleeping with JO&JOEEtienne Matichard, JO&JOE
Business appointments
15:30 - 17:30
15:30 - 17:30
16:00
New Horizons IV: De-bunking youth travel accommodationProf. Greg Richards, WYSE Travel Confederation
16:30
Tourism: A world of opportunities
16:50 - 17:10
16:30 - 17:00
Tourism: A world of opportunitiesAlexandros Stylianou, INTRASOFT International
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
Welcome reception
18:30 - 20:00
18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Mansfield Traquair
Welcome receptionSponsored by Marketing Edinburgh
19:00
19:30
20:00
20:30
21:00
21:30
22:00
Conference bar
22:00 - 00:00
22:00 - 23:59
Conference barSponsored by WISE Foundation and CICD
22:30
23:00
23:30

Pentland room

Sidlaw room

Fintry room

Workshop area

Trade Hall

  • Business appointments
    11:00 - 12:00
  • Business appointments
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Business appointments
    14:00 - 15:00
  • Business appointments
    15:30 - 17:30

Other location

  • Coffee break
    10:30 - 11:00
  • Wednesday Lunch
    13:00 - 14:00
  • Coffee break
    15:00 - 15:30
  • 18:30 - 20:00
  • Conference bar
    22:00 - 23:59
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
11:00
Business appointments
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:30
12:00
Business appointments
12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
Business appointments
14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
Business appointments
15:30 - 17:30
15:30 - 17:30
16:00
16:30
17:00

Trade Hall

  • Business appointments
    11:00 - 12:00
  • Business appointments
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Business appointments
    14:00 - 15:00
  • Business appointments
    15:30 - 17:30
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
Wednesday Lunch
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Wednesday LunchSponsored by STS Education
13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
Coffee break
15:00 - 15:30
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
15:30
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
Welcome reception
18:30 - 20:00
18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Mansfield Traquair
Welcome receptionSponsored by Marketing Edinburgh
19:00
19:30
20:00
20:30
21:00
21:30
22:00
Conference bar
22:00 - 00:00
22:00 - 23:59
Conference barSponsored by WISE Foundation and CICD
22:30
23:00
23:30

Other location

  • Coffee break
    10:30 - 11:00
  • Wednesday Lunch
    13:00 - 14:00
  • Coffee break
    15:00 - 15:30
  • 18:30 - 20:00
  • Conference bar
    22:00 - 23:59
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
09:00
Opening address
09:00 - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Opening addressDavid Chapman, WYSE Travel Confederation, Fiona Hyslop, Government of Scotland

Pentland room

  • Opening address
    09:00 - 09:30
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
09:00
Opening address
09:00 - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Opening addressDavid Chapman, WYSE Travel Confederation, Fiona Hyslop, Government of Scotland
09:30
Keynote: The bumblebees of travel & tourismHelen Marano, World Travel & Tourism Council
10:00
10:30
11:00
Washington update
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
Washington updateIlir Zherka, The Alliance
Digital nomads
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
Digital nomadsPanel discussion
Empowering young women through study abroadMichelle Lomeña, AIP Language Institute
11:30

Pentland room

Sidlaw room

Fintry room

Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
12:30
New Horizons IV: The big takeaways
12:20 - 12:40
12:30 - 13:00
New Horizons IV: The big takeawaysProf. Greg Richards, WYSE Travel Confederation
13:00
13:30
14:00
Incorporating the SDGs into your youth travel businessBrianda Lopez, Hostelling International
14:30
15:00
15:30
Sleeping with JO&JOE
15:30 - 15:50
15:30 - 16:00
Sleeping with JO&JOEEtienne Matichard, JO&JOE
16:00
New Horizons IV: De-bunking youth travel accommodationProf. Greg Richards, WYSE Travel Confederation
16:30
Tourism: A world of opportunities
16:50 - 17:10
16:30 - 17:00
Tourism: A world of opportunitiesAlexandros Stylianou, INTRASOFT International
No events available!

Registration open 08:00 – 18:00

Please note: the programme is subject to change.

Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
07:30
Coffee, collaboration & conversation
07:30 - 08:30
07:30 - 08:30
Location: Platform 5
Coffee, collaboration & conversationHosted by the US Department of State for US Exchange Visitor Program Sponsors
08:00
08:30
Cuba: How to get there and why you should go
9:10 - 9:30
09:00 - 09:30
Cuba: How to get there and why you should goTim Poullain-Patterson, Jakera Cuba
Business appointments
08:30 - 10:30
08:30 - 10:30
09:00
09:30
Argentina: What's new in Buenos Aires?
09:50 - 10:10
09:30 - 10:00
10:00
10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
11:00
Multi-day tours and the youth market
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
Business appointments
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:30
12:00
Business appointments
12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
12:30
Targeting Canadian youth for work & travel opportunitiesColleen Dempsey and Liz Hong-Farrell, International Experience Canada
13:00
Thursday lunch
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Thursday lunchSponsored by Freehand Hotels

13:30
14:00
Keynote: The 80 Minute MBA
14:00 - 15:30
14:00 - 15:30
14:30
15:00
15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
16:00
Tourism Australia global campaign updateKristy Carstairs, Tourism Australia
Business appointments
16:00 - 18:00
16:00 - 18:00
16:30
17:00
Connecting the dots: Ecuador and the Galapagos IslandsNicole Roodenburg, Colourful Ecuador Travels
17:30
Connecting travellers in destination
17:40 - 18:00
17:30 - 18:00
18:00
Invite only: WYSE Member and Buyer reception
18:00 - 19:00
18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Strathblane Hall - EICC
18:30
19:00
19:30
20:00
20:30
21:00
21:30
22:00
Conference bar
22:00 - 00:00
22:00 - 23:59
Conference barSponsored by WISE Foundation and CICD
22:30
23:00
23:30

Pentland room

Sidlaw room

Fintry room

Workshop area

Trade Hall

  • Business appointments
    08:30 - 10:30
  • Business appointments
    11:00 - 12:00
  • Business appointments
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Business appointments
    16:00 - 18:00

Other location

  • Coffee, collaboration & conversation
    07:30 - 08:30
  • Coffee break
    10:30 - 11:00
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • 13:15 - 14:00
  • Coffee break
    15:30 - 16:00
  • Invite only: WYSE Member and Buyer reception
    18:00 - 19:00
  • Conference bar
    22:00 - 23:59
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
08:30
Business appointments
08:30 - 10:30
08:30 - 10:30
09:00
09:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
Business appointments
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:30
12:00
Business appointments
12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
16:00
Business appointments
16:00 - 18:00
16:00 - 18:00
16:30
17:00
17:30

Trade Hall

  • Business appointments
    08:30 - 10:30
  • Business appointments
    11:00 - 12:00
  • Business appointments
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Business appointments
    16:00 - 18:00
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
07:30
Coffee, collaboration & conversation
07:30 - 08:30
07:30 - 08:30
Location: Platform 5
Coffee, collaboration & conversationHosted by the US Department of State for US Exchange Visitor Program Sponsors
08:00
08:30
09:00
09:30
10:00
10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
Thursday lunch
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Thursday lunchSponsored by Freehand Hotels

13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
Invite only: WYSE Member and Buyer reception
18:00 - 19:00
18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Strathblane Hall - EICC
18:30
19:00
19:30
20:00
20:30
21:00
21:30
22:00
Conference bar
22:00 - 00:00
22:00 - 23:59
Conference barSponsored by WISE Foundation and CICD
22:30
23:00
23:30

Other location

  • Coffee, collaboration & conversation
    07:30 - 08:30
  • Coffee break
    10:30 - 11:00
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • 13:15 - 14:00
  • Coffee break
    15:30 - 16:00
  • Invite only: WYSE Member and Buyer reception
    18:00 - 19:00
  • Conference bar
    22:00 - 23:59
No events available in plenary category!
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
11:00
Multi-day tours and the youth market
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
Keynote: The 80 Minute MBA
14:00 - 15:30
14:00 - 15:30
14:30
15:00
15:30
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
08:30
Cuba: How to get there and why you should go
9:10 - 9:30
09:00 - 09:30
Cuba: How to get there and why you should goTim Poullain-Patterson, Jakera Cuba
09:00
09:30
Argentina: What's new in Buenos Aires?
09:50 - 10:10
09:30 - 10:00
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
Targeting Canadian youth for work & travel opportunitiesColleen Dempsey and Liz Hong-Farrell, International Experience Canada
13:00
13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
16:00
Tourism Australia global campaign updateKristy Carstairs, Tourism Australia
16:30
17:00
Connecting the dots: Ecuador and the Galapagos IslandsNicole Roodenburg, Colourful Ecuador Travels
17:30
Connecting travellers in destination
17:40 - 18:00
17:30 - 18:00
No events available!

Registration open 08:00 – 18:00

Please note: the programme is subject to change.

Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
07:30
Face-to-face discussion on the US Exchange Visitor Program
07:45 - 08:45
07:45 - 08:45
Location: Platform 5
Face-to-face discussion on the US Exchange Visitor ProgramHosted by the US Department of State for Foreign Partners
08:00
08:30
09:00
Operating during times of disaster
9:00 - 9:20
09:00 - 09:20
Operating during times of disasterKim Whitaker, Once Youth Hotels
Business appointments
09:00 - 10:20
09:00 - 10:20
09:30
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act 2017
9:40 - 10:00
09:30 - 10:00
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act 2017Eileen Devereux, Taxback.com
10:00
Coffee break
10:20 - 10:50
10:20 - 10:50
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
10:30
11:00
Keynote: Big Hills, Cold Waters
10:50 - 11:30
11:00 - 11:30
11:30
Dr. Taleb Rifai Outstanding Volunteer Award presentation
11:30-12:00
11:30 - 12:00
Sponsored by Alliance Abroad
12:00
Business appointments
12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
12:30
How sustainable hostelling helps youth make a positive impactRebecca O'Connor, Hostelling International
13:00
Friday lunch
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Friday lunchSponsored by Freehand Hotels
13:30
14:00
Tech, travel and teens
14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
Tech, travel and teensDavid Low, Skyscanner
Business appointments
14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
14:30
15:00
Coffee break
15:00 - 15:30
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
15:30
Business appointments
15:30 - 17:10
15:30 - 17:10
16:00
Buyer’s kit for improving regional salesAnna Korobkova, TravelWorks and Denis Smorchkov, TravelWorks
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
19:30
Global Youth Travel Awards
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
Venue: National Museum of Scotland
20:00
20:30
21:00
21:30
22:00
22:30
23:00

Pentland room

Sidlaw room

Fintry room

Workshop area

Trade Hall

  • Business appointments
    09:00 - 10:20
  • Business appointments
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Business appointments
    14:00 - 15:00
  • Business appointments
    15:30 - 17:10

Other location

Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
09:00
Business appointments
09:00 - 10:20
09:00 - 10:20
09:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
Business appointments
12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
Business appointments
14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
Business appointments
15:30 - 17:10
15:30 - 17:10
16:00
16:30
17:00

Trade Hall

  • Business appointments
    09:00 - 10:20
  • Business appointments
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Business appointments
    14:00 - 15:00
  • Business appointments
    15:30 - 17:10
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
07:30
Face-to-face discussion on the US Exchange Visitor Program
07:45 - 08:45
07:45 - 08:45
Location: Platform 5
Face-to-face discussion on the US Exchange Visitor ProgramHosted by the US Department of State for Foreign Partners
08:00
08:30
09:00
09:30
10:00
Coffee break
10:20 - 10:50
10:20 - 10:50
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
Friday lunch
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Friday lunchSponsored by Freehand Hotels
13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
Coffee break
15:00 - 15:30
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee breakSponsored by Selina
15:30
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
19:30
Global Youth Travel Awards
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
Venue: National Museum of Scotland
20:00
20:30
21:00
21:30
22:00
22:30
23:00

Other location

No events available in plenary category!
Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
11:00
Keynote: Big Hills, Cold Waters
10:50 - 11:30
11:00 - 11:30
11:30
Dr. Taleb Rifai Outstanding Volunteer Award presentation
11:30-12:00
11:30 - 12:00
Sponsored by Alliance Abroad
12:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
Tech, travel and teens
14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
Tech, travel and teensDavid Low, Skyscanner
14:30

Pentland room

Sidlaw room

Fintry room

Pentland room Sidlaw room Fintry room Workshop area Trade Hall Other location
09:00
Operating during times of disaster
9:00 - 9:20
09:00 - 09:20
Operating during times of disasterKim Whitaker, Once Youth Hotels
09:30
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act 2017
9:40 - 10:00
09:30 - 10:00
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act 2017Eileen Devereux, Taxback.com
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
How sustainable hostelling helps youth make a positive impactRebecca O'Connor, Hostelling International
13:00
13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
16:00
Buyer’s kit for improving regional salesAnna Korobkova, TravelWorks and Denis Smorchkov, TravelWorks
16:30
17:00
No events available!