The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation that serves a thriving youth and student travel industry, representing over 284 million travellers annually.

Our global community is the world’s most powerful and extensive network of youth and student travel professionals, consisting of more than 600 members from 120 countries. Members of WYSE Travel Confederation are leaders in the unique types of travel products and services that young people utilise.

Who we are

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What we do

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Our members include

Adventure travel | Airlines | Attractions | Au Pair | Buyers | Consultants | Cultural Exchange | Digital Marketing | DMCs | Hostels | Hotels | Insurance providers | Investors | Language Schools | National Associations | NTOs | OTAs | PMS Systems | Service Providers | Student Accommodation | Summer Camps | Technology | Tour operators | Transportation | Travel agents | Universities | Volunteer organisations | Wholesalers | Work experience

Our History

WYSE Travel Confederation was founded in 2006 through the merger of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (FIYTO) and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) in order to create a stronger united body to represent the global youth travel industry. WYSE Travel Confederation is therefore built on decades of experience and recognised as a long-standing and trusted global community.

ISTC (founded 1949) and FIYTO (founded 1950) were formed amidst post-war efforts to foster peace and cultural understanding through social tourism. The philosophy was that student travel, and the exchange of ideas it encourages, contributes positively to education and plays an important role in developing greater international understanding. FIYTO and ISTC advocated the special identity of student travellers and the need for affordable and specialised student travel services that enabled international youth mobility. The birth of youth travel and the vibrant industry that it has become today was spawned by these organisations and their mission to promote cultural understanding and world peace by inspiring young people to travel.

These aims remain just as vital and relevant today as young people equip themselves with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s global political economy. Study, work experience and travel are all components of the educational and personal development of young people. A growing number of young people also want to help people and make practical contributions to the places that they visit.


Our Events


Now in its 26th year, the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry. Since its inception in 1992 as the annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation, youth and student travel professionals have been gathering to trade, network and take part in seminars and workshops.



The Work Experience Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference (WETM-IAC) is the joint event of WYSE Travel Confederation and the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) and provides a unique cost effective business-to-business opportunity for senders and receivers serving all aspects of cultural exchange, au pairing, volunteering, internship and work experience.



The STAY WYSE Hostel Conference brings together businesses involved in the youth travel accommodation sector for two days of trading, education and socialising. Now in its third year the Conference has rapidly established itself as the place to meet new trading partners; from buyers, to operators, investors and suppliers.


WYSE Exchange Australia

This national educational conference will once bring together operators from across Australia who are focussed on the international inbound youth travel sector. Featuring expert industry speakers and government representatives, the conference will incorporate informative plenary sessions and engaging and practical break-outs.


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Our Mission

To contribute to the personal and professional growth of students and young people and positively impact our global community by fostering international understanding, responsible international travel, cultural exchange and education.

Our Partners

WYSE Travel Confederation has a growing number of Industry Partners; organisations that represent and provide products and services to the youth, student and educational travel sector.

We encourage our Industry Partners to join the debate, and become active participants in initiatives and events alongside our community. This level of involvement delivers the benefit of close association with the world’s leading youth, student and educational travel industry brands, as well as important networking opportunities.

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Merit Travel Group (Travelcuts)

As one of the more than 400 member organisations that comprise WYSE Travel Confederation, travelcuts has roots in the youth travel industry that span over five decades, catering to the international travel planning and booking needs of young explorers.

“Our See the World Your Way philosophy fits perfectly with WYSE Travel Confederation’s own belief that youth and student travel positively impacts lives, relationships and communities,” says Jason Merrithew, Vice President at travelcuts. “We appreciate that WYSE Travel Confederation is dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for young travellers and the youth, student and educational travel industry that serves them, so we’re proud to enter into this agreement with them.”

David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, explains: “The overall impact of the agreement is a real positive for the industry. It allows us to travel more extensively to help to open up new destinations for young travellers, and by extension to help generate more revenue opportunities for our members. In addition, having a globally recognised name like travelcuts or Merit Travel Group featured alongside our own, only adds to our status as the world’s most powerful and extensive network of youth and student travel professionals.”

Emirates Airline

Our partnership with Emirates Airline facilitates the WYSTC  hosted buyer programme.

Tim Lowther, Manager Leisure Market and Special Segments in Emirates Global Sales, explained: “WYSTC is a fantastic forum in which buyers and sellers from across the world can meet, learn and inspire one another, plus drive the industry forward. We are proud to play a role in bringing these parties together for the ultimate benefit of enhanced programmes and opportunities for youth travellers.