Whit­sun­days rep­re­sented at youth travel con­fer­ence

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

FOUR Whit­sun­day busi­nesses were rep­re­sented at the World Youth and Stu­dent Travel Con­fer­ence. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Ad­ven­tures, Base Back­pack­ers, No­mads and Koala Is­land Re­sort trav­elled to Syd­ney for the event. The an­nual event is held in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion each year and will be in Dublin in 2014.

More than 1000 del­e­gates from across the world at­tend the con­fer­ence which is now in its 22nd year.

Gabby Shaw from Whit­sun- day Sail­ing Ad­ven­tures said the con­fer­ence had a solid rep­u­ta­tion for bring­ing to­gether the big­gest names in global youth travel.

“Young trav­ellers rep­re­sent one of the fastest grow­ing seg­ments of the travel in­dus­try ac- count­ing for 20 per cent of all in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals, gen­er­at­ing an es­ti­mated 160 mil­lion vis­i­tors and a global mar­ket worth US$183 bil­lion a year,” she said.

“Back­pack­ers and gap year stu­dents stay longer and spend more than aver­age tourists.

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