WYSTC announces hosted buyer programme
30 June, 2015
The World Youth and Student Exchange (WYSE) Travel Confederation has announced details of the hosted buyer partnership programme for agents at the WYSTC 2015 conference in South Africa, including hosted flights in partnership with Emirates Airline.
The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) will take place at Cape Town International Convention Centre from September 22-25 and will host around 600 delegates from 450 organisations featuring scheduled business appointments, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities.
Following the first hosted buyer programme at WYSTC 2014 in Dublin, Ireland, WYSE Travel Confederation is again offering selected buyers and study travel agents a package including return economy airfares, accommodation and complimentary passes for the event.
Commenting on the partnership with Emirates Airline, David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, said, “These buyers will have the opportunity to connect with sellers from across the globe through timed business appointments and networking opportunities, plus gain the latest insights through a comprehensive educational programme providing the latest insights.”
It has also been confirmed that South Africa’s Minister for Tourism, Derek Hanekom, will officially open the conference. “It is an immense honour for South Africa to have been selected to host WYSTC 2015. We look forward to hosting delegates from all over the world at this exciting event,” he said.
“With youth travel continuing to thrive in South Africa, it is fitting for Minister Hanekom to open WYSTC 2015,” said Chapman.
Other speakers confirmed for the event include Carlos Vogeler, Director-Executive Secretary of Members Relations and Regional Director for the Americas at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Robin Lerner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, who was interviewed by StudyTravel magazine at last year’s event on trends and developments in the J-1 visa programme.
Gavin Eyre, Chairman of the South African Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC), Director of International House Cape Town and a member of language school association Education South Africa (EduSA), said, “WYSTC Cape Town brings the opportunity for all the youth travel companies here to interact with our worldwide partners. EduSA are pleased to be a part of the Cape Town event and have lots of quality agents visiting over this period. We are looking forward to the event and hoping that WYSTC leaves a legacy here in South Africa.”
Chapman added, “We are looking forward to bringing the youth, student and educational travel industry together in Cape Town for our first event on the African continent.”