The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the essential global youth travel industry event which brings together 800 people from over 400 organisations, all connected by a dedication to youth travel. WYSTC is the main event of the not-for-profit association World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation. WYSE Travel Confederation supports the global youth travel industry and connects the organisations that serve millions of youth who travel to study, work and most importantly to grow.

Never @ Home is proud to be exhibiting at and hosting delegates of this prestigious annual conference held in Africa for the first time after 24 years and will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, confirmed her attendance at WYSTC 2014 to discuss youth and student travel trends within our country with the conference’s international attendees. Ms Xasa will also address the delegation during a networking reception on Wednesday evening the 24th of September.

David Chapman, WYSE Travel Confederation’s Director General, believes that South Africa is the ideal location to host WYSTC 2015 because of its popularity amongst young travellers.

“South Africa has always been a popular destination for young travellers and Cape Town the cosmopolitan jewel in its crown. As the point in Africa where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean, this multicultural city known for its breath taking scenery and great value for money seems a fitting location for the first African WYSTC. We very much look forward to working with the South African community to showcase Cape Town to key decision-makers,” Chapman stated.

Derek Hanekom, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, added: “I am delighted that WYSE Travel Confederation chose the African continent and specifically South Africa to host this important conference in 2015. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful country with the warmth and hospitality that South Africans are known for.”

“The unique motivations of young travellers render this niche market very important in terms of growth objectives. Youth tourism represents a significant and growing market, not only in terms of volume, but also in economic, social and cultural terms. More than any other market segment, youth and student travel hold the keys to advancing responsible tourism behaviour. Furthermore, because of the potential to learn more about other cultures, it also holds the keys to nurturing a better understanding between people from all corners of the world,” the Minister concluded.

WYSTC 2015 will be held at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre from 22 – 25 September coming a long way since the first conference was held in 1992.