IAPA is a founding member of the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation, a global not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry.
It is the world’s most powerful network of youth and student travel professionals, connecting key industry players with decision makers and government officials. Trusted members of WYSE Travel Confederation are recognised in their market as leaders in youth, backpacking, educational and student travel. Their activities are consistent with the association´s strict codes of conduct.
Its founding organisations – the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (FIYTO) and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) – were formed just after World War II to inspire young people through international travel and to help remove cultural barriers.
WYSE Travel Confederation was formed in 2006 when FIYTO (who IAPA was a member of) and ISTC merged to create a stronger united body to represent the global youth travel industry. The Confederation is therefore built on decades of industry experience and is bound together by a trusted global community.
The Confederation is committed to understanding the ever-changing characteristics, motivations, and needs of young travellers. By gathering, analysing and sharing important market intelligence with members, academics and government decision-makers, satisfying the unique fast-changing needs of the youth market is at the forefront of its activities.
The Confederation works with members, associations, tourism authorities and partners around the globe.