umi Hotels win a Global Youth Travel Award
This year’s World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), held in Barcelona 20-23 September, played host to the inaugural Global Youth Travel Awards.
The Awards formally recognise outstanding performers in several fields of youth travel and reward those members who contribute so much to the youth travel industry and community.
The Awards are open to members of the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation. Members were invited to submit entries in the months leading up to the event.
Steve Lowy and umi Hotels were delighted to be recognised for Steve’s work in Cambodia:
The ISTC Skills Exchange Award
The ISTC Skills Exchange brings together an existing STAY WYSE member and a hostel in a country with a less-developed youth travel infrastructure, and this award recognises the individual/organisation that contributes time and effort to the business needs of another organisation. The goal is to help hostels in developing areas around the world improve their businesses in areas such as sales, marketing, branding, strategy and operations, and by extension create more opportunities for youth and student travel.
Other winners were:
The WYSE Travel Confederation Extraordinary Experience Award
Winner: Michael Teoh and Smaller Earth
The WYSE Travel Confederation Innovation in Marketing Award
Winner: CIEE’s “2 Months, 35 Countries” campaign
The WYSE Volunteer & Travel – Outstanding Volunteer Project Award
Winner: San Juanillo Fisherman’s Association and International Student Volunteers
The WYSTC App Yap Award
The WYSE Work Abroad “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest Award
Winner: Krupali Patel with Volunteering India
The STAY WYSE Green Initiative Award
Winner: Sydney Harbour YHA
The STUDY WYSE Outstanding Contribution Award
Winner: Manel Bassols, CETT (Barcelona)
More information on each award category can be found here.