Non-profit organisation, World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation, has released its second report on a survey series that focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on different sectors of the youth travel industry.
The survey is based on 600 respondents made up of member and non-member organisations that represent mainstream travel products and programmes and those who specialise in youth travel. The travel sectors include educational, language, volunteer and work experience travel; camp programmes and accommodation; activities and tours; travel insurance and transportation.
The report shows that 80% of respondents could not see any positive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on business, as most sectors had experienced a decrease in demand for the first quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year. Camp programmes reported the smallest decrease (12%) while language travel reported the largest (34%), said WYSE Travel Confederation in a statement.
However, it was noted that the findings did not offer a clear picture of what sectors could expect for the rest of the year, as many were made before travel restrictions were implemented by the US government. The US is a popular destination for the products and programmes.
Part two of the series will offer a more in-depth analysis, says the statement. In the coming weeks it will publish more of its findings on the COVID-19 business travel impact survey.