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WYSE Travel Confederation publishes new research report: The Youth Travel Industry and COVID-19

The report concludes by highlighting the interconnectedness of different types of businesses dealing in youth, student and educational travel and some important issue areas for all active in the industry to monitor in the coming period.

The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation announced the release of a new publication titled The Youth Travel Industry and COVID-19.

This report provides a summary of survey results derived from the WYSE Travel Confederation COVID-19 Travel Business Impact Survey for the period March – August 2020. The monthly survey asks travel and tourism businesses questions concerning the impact that COVID-19 is having, and is predicted to have, on their business. The six-month review addresses findings related to core questions that were repeated across the monthly surveys, namely:

  • Changes in demand
  • Top concerns and actions taken in response to COVID-19
  • Messaging to consumers
  • Business outlook for 2020 and 2021
  • Recovery forecast.

WYSE Travel Confederation’s research has consistently indicated that young travellers:

  • Stay longer and spend more than average tourists
  • Attract visiting family and friends to a destination
  • Support local businesses by spending with unique and independent providers of accommodation, hospitality, retail goods, and services
  • Book tours and activities that provide "local" experience and knowledge of a destination
  • Young travellers represent life-time value to destinations through wordof-mouth and return visits later in life.

These characteristics represent powerful potential for social and economic recovery for tourism destinations – ones that government and other travel and tourism industry stakeholders should not overlook.

The report concludes by highlighting the interconnectedness of different types of businesses dealing in youth, student and educational travel and some important issue areas for all active in the industry to monitor in the coming period.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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