Young travelers now represent 20 per cent of international tourism, making the group an important economic force. The WYSE Travel Confederation called the report the largest and most comprehensive survey ever undertaken for the youth travel sector. The study, released in September, updated research initially conducted in 2002 and later in 2007, and looked at why, how and where young people travel and included survey responses from more than 34,000 young travelers from 137 countries. Our research shows that the nature of youth travel has changed enormously in the past decade, said David Chapman, director general for the WYSE Travel Confederation. Young travelers today want, more than ever, to enrich themselves with cultural experiences, to meet local people and to improve their employability when they return home. With young people traveling further, staying away for longer, spending more, keeping in touch more and integrating with overseas communities on a scale not seen before, the industry is becoming far broader than ever before, he added.
Travel films & events: Presentation on Barcelona, Spain
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On the Spot: Travel policy's feeble protections
But Breyault objects to what he calls "aggressive marketing language" of the policies ("No, I choose not to protect my trip," one site says), which leads consumers to believe that such a policy will solve all their problems. "Consumers don't read those policies," Breyault said. "They don't realize what's excluded." That's the second point on which Kundell and Breyault agree. This isn't news to anyone, and I apologize to the scribes who write these policies, but insurance policies don't make the Top 10 list for scintillating reading, unless you enjoy being in a state of incredulity. That's the state that replaces the states of ignorance and confusion once you dig into these things.