Join STAY WYSE and the Class of 2020 at WYSTC


The number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education is forecast to double to 262 million by 2025. Nearly all of this growth will be in the developing world, with more than half in China and India alone. The number of students seeking study abroad could rise to eight million, up from 4 […]

Casa Gracia wins STAY WYSE Green Initiative Award

Casa Gracia 2013

Casa Gracia has been awarded the STAY WYSE Green Initiative Award 2013 at the Industry Awards of this year’s World Youth & Student Travel Conference in Sydney, Australia. Through the Green Initiative Award, STAY WYSE recognizes the organisation that has made the greatest effort in reducing their environmental impact and included sustainable travel as an integral […]

Dublin announced as host city for WYSTC 2014


The World Youth & Student Travel Conference will be held in the Irish capital from 23-26 September 2014 at the Convention Centre Dublin. With youth travel high on the agenda for Fáilte Ireland, the country’s national tourism board, the fun, friendly city of Dublin will be the stage for the world’s essential youth travel industry […]

Sydney Declaration


Following a meeting of a group of leading youth travel accommodation providers and associations at WYSTC 2013, a position statement was agreed upon regarding online distribution practices. Resetting the Relationship: establishing fair practices in online distribution Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and youth travel accommodation operators are mutually dependent. OTAs have benefited by broadening the variety […]

Statement on New York Hostel Bill


Following the release of the NYC Draft Hostel Bill (04/19/13) a group of experienced Hostel Management and Institutional Investors came together to review the proposed bill. What follows is a synopsis of the crucial issues that need to be addressed for the proposed bill to solve the problem it was designed for: to bring quality […]

The Power of Youth Travel – Infographic

Power of Youth Travel

The 2013 STAY WYSE Green Award Shortlist


STAY WYSE the sector association representing the youth travel accommodation industry, has announced the shortlist for the Green Initiative Award 2013. The award recognises the youth travel accommodation provider making the greatest efforts to ensure that its operating practices promote environmentally friendly and sustainable travel around the world. Last year the award went to Habitat HQ in Australia for its […] looks forward to meeting you at WYSTC


The World Youth & Student Travel Conference  (WYSTC) would like to introduce you to, one of our new buyers at the conference this year. We asked Amon Versteeg, Area Manager Australia, a few questions. Read his responses below. Name: Amon Versteeg  Job title: Area Manager Australia Organisation: WYSTC: How long have you been working at for? […]

Response from Hostelworld


Following the recent news published today on STAY WYSE regarding the global concern over the new Hostelworld contract, STAY WYSE requested a response from Hostelworld on this matter. The following was received from John O’Donnell, Chief Operating Officer of “Hostelworld has played an integral part in how budget travel has evolved and flourished over the last decade. Like all […]

Global concern regarding Hostelworld contract


A growing global chorus within the backpacker travel industry is voicing concern over proposed contractual changes by Hostelworld. Joining the Backpacker Operators Association NSW (BOA) in Australia, in raising concerns, are hostel operators in several continents. On 24 July, the BOA Committee endorsed the recommendations of a meeting of hostel operators who met in Sydney […]


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