STAY (Safe Travel Accommodation for Youth) WYSE Association is the only global forum and trade association for organisations involved in youth travel accommodation. The Association’s mission is to provide safe, affordable and clean accommodation within a communal atmosphere that encourages youth mobility and cultural understanding.

By bringing together the diverse segments of this significant $34 billion/year industry, STAY WYSE provides much needed support and representation for one of the travel industry’s fastest growing niche markets.


WYSTC Dublin 2014

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the essential global youth travel industry event for organisations that serve today’s young people who travel to study, work and grow. It provides a singular opportunity for … Read more...

Industry News

WYSE Travel Confederation signs Memorandum of Understanding with UNWTO to further support youth, student and educational travel

  The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)have formed a strategic partnership to further support and advance the youth, student and educational travel market, worth USD 182 billion in 2013. The … [Read More...]

The Booking Battle: OTAs Break Into the Loyalty Market

Facing steep competition from fellow booking websites, online travel agencies have been experimenting with travel rewards as a means of incentivizing consumer loyalty -- at the expense of straining relationships with the hotels with which they partner. In the 1990s, OTAs threw a wrench in the … [Read More...]

Launch of the 8th Annual Survey of the Youth Travel Accommodation Industry

STAY WYSE, the global association representing the youth travel accommodation industry, has just launched its 8th annual survey reviewing the global business operations of the Youth Travel Accommodation Industry. The study establishes crucial business metrics and identifies trends in this growing … [Read More...]

Register for our sustainable youth tourism development webinar on 8 July – presented by Sustainable Travel International

As the youth and student travel market continues to boom, we have teamed up with Sustainable Travel International, the sustainable tourism champions, to bring you a free* webinar dedicated to this increasingly important topic: Date: Tuesday, 8 July 2014 Time: 17:00 – 18:00 CET Title: Supporting … [Read More...]

Over $1 billion of equity looking to invest in Australian student accommodation market

Less than one bedroom of purpose built student accommodation is available per 10 students, according to JLL’s Australian Student Accommodation Market Update for 2014, and there's $1 billion of equity waiting to find an opportunity in this market. Source: Universities websites, JLL Student … [Read More...]

Trials for world’s first Google Glass check-in app

A company in the US is testing the world’s first Google Glass app for hotel reception staff. Hospitality IT firm Itesso has developed a new app that will allow front desk staff to instantly recognise and check-in guests via the Google Glass app, which will be integrated with the hotel’s property … [Read More...]

Skyscanner to present WYSTC 2014 keynote session: The future of travel

If you have ever wondered what the future holds for tomorrow’s traveller, join our keynote session at WYSTC 2014, where Filip Filipov, Head of B2B at Skyscanner, will provide you with an insightful and entertaining look ahead to 2024. During his presentation, Filip will focus on how emerging … [Read More...]

Dublin-Based Global Lodging Aggregator Homestay.com Secures US$3 Million in Funding, Acquires Berlin-Based HomestayBooking

Moves Show Continued Growth, Maturation of the Hosted Travel Experience Lodging Model DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Jun 10, 2014) - Dublin-based Homestay.com has secured US$3 million funding, led by the venture capital firm Delta Partners and supported by Enterprise Ireland, and has acquired … [Read More...]