ITB Berlin 2013

STAY WYSE is pleased to announce that it will be attending ITB Berlin on the WYSE Travel Confederation stand in hall 4.1

We would like to invite you to attend the STAY WYSE presentation on the findings of the The Value of the Youth Travel Accommodation Industry on Friday 8 March in the Youth Hall (4.1) at 12:30.

This seminar will present the results of the annual STAY WYSE Youth Travel Accommodation (YTA) survey of business operations for the year 2011, covering almost 2,200 YTA establishments worldwide.

The report has become particularly important, because it is the only global indicator of the state of the YTA sector, and because it seeks to provide concrete business metrics that allow operators to benchmark their own performance against global and regional standards.

The session will review the highlights of the survey and present trends, followed by a panel discussion.

Presenter: Professor Greg Richards, Tilburg University

Greg has been involved with the STAY WYSE research programme for the past 7 years. He has produced numerous reports on the global youth travel market, all the STAY WYSE research reports, language travel, volunteer travel, backpacker travel and the cultural impacts of youth travel.

He founded the ATLAS Backpacker Research Group and is co-editor of the Global Nomad study of the backpacker market.

Panelist: Carl Michel, Executive Chairman for Generator Hostels

Carl Michel Executive Chairman of Generator  3Carl Michel joined the Generator Executive team in August 2011 bringing extensive experience from the travel and aviation industry at companies such as BA, Opodo and Holiday Break.

He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and has strong analytical abilities and is a strategic thinker. His key focus and speciality lies in acquisitions and strategic brand development with a proven track record.

At Generator he has been instrumental in building the team, strengthening the commercial performance and ensuring there is a good fit between the changing guest needs and service delivery, so as to help transform the hostel experience.

Panelist: Fergal McCarthy, Founder of hostelbench

3b320d1Fergal Mc Carthy, founder of hostelbench began his career in operations with Kempinski Hotels, Germany before moving into finance with Moat House, UK.

A graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, Fergal holds separate degrees in Science & Commerce with an emphasis on the application of Information Technology (IT).

He has worked for the past 13 years as an advisor to the software and hospitality sectors.

Moderator: David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation

Picture 35Having trained with a top London and International Hotel group, David has worked at some of the best hotels in Europe including Grosvenor House, The Waldorf and the George V in Paris before becoming General Manager of a number of the UK’s top country house hotels.

In 2007, David was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of International Students House in London. ISH is self funding charity that runs a large social centre with accommodation for students studying in London. During his time at ISH, David was an active board member of STAY WYSE. In January 2013 David was appointed as WYSE Travel Confederation Director General.

STAY WYSE would like to thank the following organisations for their support of the Youth Travel Accommodation Industry Survey:

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