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  • Groups Today sat down with group travel industry association leaders Carylann Assante, SYTA executive director; Pam Inman, NTA president; Peter Pantuso, ABA president and CEO; and Doug Switzer, OMCA president/CEO, to catch state-of-the-industry sound bites. There were some expectations and a few surprises in their comments.

  • Groups Today sat down with Carylann Assante, CAE—CEO of SYTA and the SYTA Youth Foundation—at ABA Marketplace 2019 to chat about the benefits of being a SYTA Member, the new SYTA headquarters, and more.

  • Young soccer players often outgrow their soccer uniforms and other gear before they outwear them. Recently, a network of travel industry professionals in the United States helped a youth soccer club outfit teams in Costa Rica.

  • I was honored when Raymond "Bud" Geissler (SYTA Youth Foundation treasurer) and the Student & Youth Travel Association invited me to present at the 2014 SYTA Summit in Puerto Rico. According to TSA News, infringement of passengers' civil rights is one of the most controversial and unpleasant aspects of travel, and is extending to bus and train systems, as well. The Transportation Security Administration detains and conducts searches on citizens at bus and railroad stations, ferries, tunnels, ports, subways, truck weigh stations, rest areas, and special events. My presentation? Security Matters: 5 Must-Do Items.

  • Samuel Vetrak entered the student travel industry 15 years ago. He soon realized it was underdocumented, and that there was industrywide demand for data and insights. He founded market intelligence and business development company StudentMarketing in 2007, with the aim of providing the industry what it lacked.

  • Member tour operators belonging to the Student & Youth Travel Association, SYTA, selected 10 cities as the Top North America Travel Destinations favored by students and teachers.

  • Member tour operators belonging to the Student & Youth Travel Association, SYTA, selected these 10 cities as the Top United States Travel Destinations favored by students and teachers for 2019.

  • Member tour operators belonging to the Student & Youth Travel Association, SYTA, selected these five cities as the Top Emerging Destinations for student travel.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015, American Bus Association (ABA), International Motorcoach Group (IMG), National Tour Association (NTA), Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and United Motorcoach Association (UMA) issued the following statement:

  • Jackie Antonucci | Sales & Marketing Manager, Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia | Co-founder, Party Partners of Philadelphia

    Jackie Antonucci celebrates 12 years with Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, as of January 2016. She co-founded Party Partners of Philadelphia, a powerful group of women in the hospitality industry. She works closely with the CVB and consistently travels for sales calls and trade shows to drive new business into the venue. Jackie volunteers on the SYTA board committee for 2016. She attends Arcadia University, studying for her MBA with a global perspective and graduating in May.

  • In December 2013, United Airlines joined the ranks of major U.S. carriers that make destination-based travel more challenging—perhaps even impossible—for some student and youth travelers. United's policy change requires unaccompanied children ages five to eleven, and youth ages twelve to seventeen whose guardians choose to use the Unaccompanied Minor service, to take direct flights only, with a $150 fee.