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Today marks the first day of ITB Berlin and the start of the massive three day educational program WYSE Travel Confederation will be running throughout the event.
The full program consists of fifteen 30 minute workshops discussing all manner of youth travel topics, along with two hour-long seminars on the main stage in the youth hall.
STAY WYSE members will find a number of workshop programs highly relevant to the accommodation market, and the seminar on Friday, ‘From Backpack to Poshpack: Trends in Youth Travel Accommodation’ is not to be missed.
Industry insiders Oliver Kerstholt of Swiss Youth Hostels, Anne Dolan of Clink Hostels, Sabine Ranft of Generator Hostels and Laurel Robbins of monkeysandmountains.com, will discuss the evolution of the youth accommodation industry, from the humble backpackers to the myriad of new accommodation options that are now falling within the sector. They will look at a range of exciting new initiatives that are impacting on the youth accommodation market and debate what the future may hold.
The seminar will be held at 10am on Friday 6 March, on the ITB Stage in the Youth Hall, Hall 4.1. Registration is not required, although we recommend arriving early to secure your seat.
Otherwise, check out some of these workshops on the WYSE Travel Confederation stand (Hall 4,1, stand 106) that have STAY WYSE members in mind:
- 15:30-16:00: Airbnb and the rise of the sharing economy, presented by Professor Greg Richards, Tilburg University and WYSE Travel Confederation
- 16.30-17.00: Working with travel bloggers: Leveraging the best for your brand, presented by Colm Hanratty, Founder, sixtwo digital
- 12.30-13:00: StudentUniverse + Skift ‘The State of Student Travel report, presented by Evan Becker, StudentUniverse
- 14.30-15.00: Design and hostels: catering to the millennial traveller, presented by Carl Michel, Generator Hostels
- 13.30-14.00: Play fair and pay fair: How to develop successful relationships with bloggers, presented by Michael Ball, Traverse Events