What is Youth Tourism?
Youth tourism is a phenomenon, which was strongly influenced by youth movements born in the peaceful ideal of the after-war period. Today, young travellers (aged 15 to 25) represent more than 20% of international tourist arrivals, according to statistics by the World Tourism Organization.
The youth tourism industry is divided in two categories: the qualitative and quantitative aspects. The qualitative aspect concerns the aspects linked to quality, security, flexibility and access. The quantitative aspect concerns the growth in youth tourism, its importance in relation to international tourism and the travel expenses of young people.
Below you will find a series of documents precising the definitions and challenges for youth tourism as well as a list of ISTO members specialized in this particular field. This list constitutes a selection of ISTO members who work exclusively on youth travel. ISTO member organizations who concentrate on different market segments including youth holidays can be found using our search engine.