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WYSTC 2013 puts technology at the top of the agenda with WYSE-Tech sessions

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Technology and the ways in which it is revolutionizing the world of youth and student travel will be the core theme for this year’s World Youth & Student Travel Conference (17-20 September 2013, Sydney, Australia).

With a whole host of educational seminars, practical workshops and dedicated zones in the WYSTC Trade Hall for tech companies to exhibit, WYSTC 2013 is fully orientated to help organisations of all sizes understand which diverse types of software, hardware and device can help boost their business. The Conference will also celebrate success for tech-firms that have made a particular Banner 250x250pxcontribution to the industry with the popular App Yap competition and an award for The Best B2B Tech Product.

WYSE Travel Confederation’s latest New Horizons III survey of global young consumer travel behaviour revealed the following travel tech habits among the 34,000+ survey respondents:

·         After price, the ability to book via mobile/smartphone was the greatest factor for selecting which travel product or service to book

·         Over 70% of young consumers consulted destination and user review sites prior to departure

·         In the last five years the range of communication methods used while on the road has increased vastly, with social media surging ahead of the rest

In light of these figures there has been a natural increase in the number of businesses looking to learn about and trade in tech products at WYSTC. Responding to this, WYSE Travel Confederation has put together a comprehensive programme that includes dedicated seminars on social media management, migrating from the PC to the smartphone and juggling the demands of social networks, search engines and user review sites.

A further addition to the WYSE-Tech series includes a range of ‘Tech Tables’ in which presenters will share their own experience of making tech work for their business and will be on hand to give participants helpful advice on how to improve their own strategy, whether it’s for dealing with major online booking agents or just managing their social media accounts more effectively. A dedicated Think Tank will bring together the major players to discuss where technology may be taking the industry next.

Leading up to WYSTC 2013, businesses and consumers can participate in the following ways:

·         Register now for WYSTC 2013 to gain access to the WYSTC Appointment Scheduling system Marcom and book your place at the TechSeminarsTables and  Think Tank

·         Enter for the ‘Best B2B Tech Product’ Award for the Global Youth Travel Awards and gain industry-wide recognition for your work

·         Vote for one of the ten apps competing in this year’s App Yap competition

WYSTC 2013 will take place from 17-20 September at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. General information and bookings can be found at www.wystc.org

For more information please contact communications@wystc.org or contact WYSE Travel Confederation: +31 2042 12800.

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