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Leading players in the youth, student and educational travel industry celebrated at the Global Youth Travel Awards 2015

Leading players in the youth, student and educational travel industry celebrated at the Global Youth Travel Awards 2015 (Forimmediaterelease.net) The winners of the Global Youth Travel Awards 2015 – sponsored by Else Globe – were announced in Cape Town tonight during the concluding event of this year’s World Youth and Student Travel Conference – WYSTC 2015.

Having drawn an impressive number of nominations and votes, the award categories celebrate the outstanding performers within the youth, student and educational travel industry and act as a benchmark for excellence within this fast-growing sector.
David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, which coordinates the awards, said: “The caliber of nominations this year across all award categories has been truly outstanding.

“As youth travel blossoms into the tourism industry’s fastest growing segment, representing approximately 23% of international tourist arrivals, it’s important to acknowledge the wealth of talent and innovation from the companies as well as individuals driving this growth.”

This year’s winners are:

THE WYSE AWARD
The WYSE award acknowledges a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the youth, student and educational travel industry: Michael McCarry

EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE
Winner: International Student Volunteers
Runner up: THINK Global School
Honorable mention: SAVE Volunteering

GREEN ACCOMMODATION INITIATIVE
Winner: The Backpack
Runner up: YHA New Zealand
Honorable mention: Farfuglar ses - Hostelling International (HI) Iceland | YHA England and Wales

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Winner: STA Travel
Runner up: TrekAmerica
Honorable mention: Smaller Earth

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Winner: Blue Ventures Expeditions
Runner up: Pod Volunteer
Honorable mention: International Student Volunteers in collaboration with Volunteer Africa 32° South

BEST TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT
Winner: Tripr
Runner up: WorldPackers
Honorable mention: FundMyTravel

BEST WORK EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Winner: Austern International
Runner up: CIEE
Honorable mention: Alliance Abroad Group | Universal Student Exchange (USE)

BEST SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE
Winner: The Backpack
Runner up: LooLa Adventure Group Pte Ltd
Honorable mention: BRIDGE Foundation

BEST YOUTH TRAVEL BLOGGER
Winner: I am Aileen
Runner up: Two Monkeys Travel
Honorable mention: No Money, Will Travel

CONSUMER VOTED AWARDS

The following awards were voted for by 7,500 young travelers:

BEST YOUTH TRAVEL AIRLINE: Emirates
BEST YOUTH TRAVEL DESTINATION: London
BEST YOUTH TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION: Generator Hostels
BEST YOUTH TOUR OPERATOR: Rustic Pathways
BEST YOUTH TRAVEL AGENT: StudentUniverse

Nominations for the Global Youth Travel Awards 2016 will open next year. For more information, visit http://awards.wystc.org/ .

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary-Anne O’Donnell, Marketing and PR Coordinator, T. +31 20 421 2800, E. mrktgpr@wysetc.org

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