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WYSE Travel Confederation announces 2017 Global Youth Travel Award winners

October 7, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Outstanding contributors in the youth and student travel industry were celebrated on Thursday, 28 September during the 2017 Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTA). Winners of the 14 GYTA award categories, including 10 nominated and four consumer-voted awards, were announced at a gala dinner during the 2017 World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) held in Montreal, Canada.

This year’s judges chose from a record number of entries, including very competitive submissions in two categories related to sustainability: Best Green Accommodation Initiative and Best Social Responsibility Initiative.

WYSE Travel Confederation’s Director General said the quality of entries for these categories indicates that the tourism industry is stepping up to the challenge of the2017 UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

David Chapman said: “The exceptional entries we received this year in categories related to sustainable tourism have shown us that not only is there greater awareness being paid to tourism’s role in sustainable development, but that the youth travel industry is mobilising for change.”

The 2017 Global Youth Travel Award winners are:

Consumer-voted categories:

Best Youth Travel Accommodation: MEININGER
Best Youth Travel Agent: STA Travel
Best Youth Travel Airline: Emirates
Best Youth Tour Operator: Rustic Pathway

Nominated Categories:

Best Green Accommodation Initiative: YHA Australia
Best Marketing Campaign: STA Travel
Best Youth Travel Blogger: Polkadot Passport
Best Travel Technology Product: Ingle International’s Travel Navigator app
Best Education Abroad Provider: The GREEN Program
Best Work Experience Provider: Alliance Abroad
Outstanding Volunteer Project: African Impact
Best Travel Safety Initiative: Vagaband
Best Social Responsibility Initiative: World Nomads
Extraordinary Experience: CIEE

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