The awards, which recognise outstanding performers in the youth, student and educational travel industry, have grown to 14 categories this year. These categories include: Extraordinary Experience, Best Marketing Campaign, Outstanding Volunteer Project and Best Social Responsibility Initiative, with new awards including Best Youth Travel Destination and Best Youth Travel Blogger.
An additional four categories – Best Youth Travel Accommodation, Best Airline, Best Youth Travel Agent and Best Youth Tour Operator – are voted for by young travellers themselves.
Also new for 2015 is The WYSE Award, which will recognise an individual, group or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the youth, student and educational travel industry. The winner for this award will be selected by the Global Youth Travel Awards’ jury.
David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, said: “With the youth, student and educational travel industry representing 20% of all travel and worth nearly USD 250 billion in 2014, it is important for us to recognise organisations that are raising the bar for the youth travel experience and driving growth and innovation across the different segments of the industry.
“For the fifth year we invite innovative organisations large and small to put themselves forward for one or more of this year’s awards; they could join the ranks of previous winners, which include Emirates Airline, STA Travel and YHA England and Wales.”
The awards will be presented during a gala dinner that will bring WYSTC 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa to a close on Friday, 25 September 2015.
To find out more about the Global Youth Travel Awards 2015 and to enter, visithttp://awards.wystc.org. Entries are free and close on Monday, 31 August 2015.