International Youth Day celebrated the potential of tourism to empower youth


To commemorate the power today’s youth holds, WYSE Travel Confederation, United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Hilton joined together to highlight tourism’s capacity to empower youth for the International Youth Day at the Youth General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters.

The New York event was a part of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 framework which focused on the tourism industry’s potential to create jobs, provide entrepreneurship opportunities and deliver a more responsible tourism sector for today’s Youth.

To help better understand the challenges facing Young people, Hilton collaborated with the International Youth Foundation to commission the Global Youth Wellbeing Index and previewed that young people are “plugged in,” and yet disconnected from vital skills, economic opportunities, local communities and governments. Reconnecting Youth is an urgent need at this moment in history when half of the world’s population is under 30.

The Global Report on the Power of Youth Travel by UNWTO and the WYSE Travel Confederation showed that youth and student travel markets are increasingly important and resilient. It also concludes that youth travel spend more on local communities and thus represent a growing opportunity for socio-economic development.