David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, will be the featured speaker at Federation EIL’s International Partner Marketplace on April 7 in Cork, Ireland. The Partner Marketplace will bring together approximately 40 international educational exchange organizations from across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They gather at this unique event to explore new and potential partnerships and to engage in discussions about some of the most important trends and developments influencing youth travel today.
Following the event on March 7, members of Federation EIL will convene their Annual General Assembly Meeting hosted by EIL Intercultural Learning, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as an Irish “not for profit” organization providing intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for about 2,000 people each year.
From his seat as head of the world’s largest and powerful network of youth and student travel providers, Mr. Chapman will talk about the impact of youth travel — educationally, socially and economically – as well as the motivations of young travelers as detailed in their newly released study New Horizons III.
New Horizons III provides new insights into the habits and motivations of young travelers. The conclusion of this reports states: “The 2013 edition of the New Horizons research shows that the youth and student travel market continued to expand and diversify over the past decade. Young people are travelling more, visiting more destinations in more parts of the world than ever before. This is having a significant effect on them and the places they visit.
Young people benefit substantially from their travel experiences, coming home with more cultural appreciation and understanding of the places they visit. They leave behind them not only new friends, but also considerable economic benefits, as youth travelers continue to spend more on their main trips than many other tourists. This money also tends to be more widely spread in the destination and is also more likely to end up in local communities, because it tends to be spent with smaller, locally based businesses.”
Current Federation EIL members making up the worldwide network of The Experiment are in: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA. Having David start what will surely be a productive week of active learning, energetic discussion, important decision making and collegial celebration- is a fortunate beginning.