You’ll be inspired by the sights and sounds of Southern California, all while immersing yourself in this top student travel destination.



Welcome Reception and Sponsor Showcase
Disney’s Grand Californian

Tour Operators will visit Sponsors at their tables while enjoying light food and beverage followed by Dinner and Entertainment



Welcome and General Session
Disney’s Grand Californian

Morning Education and Team Building
Sponsored by Disney Imagination Campus and Disneyland

Summit attendees will experience unique curriculum in a learning environment that fosters creative thinking, fearless exploration and, of course, Disney magic. Followed by lunch and free time.

Afternoon: Explore Anaheim
Sponsored by Visit Anaheim and local Partners

Attendees will see “What’s new” including student friendly hotels, restaurants and new attractions by motorcoach.  Then enjoy Anaheim’s downtown district which has undergone a massive revitalization that showcases a whole new vibe. The Packing District is a walkable enclave where you’ll find the two-story, utopian foodie favorite known as the Packing House. Across the street from the Packing House is the newly renovated MAKE Building, which includes Pali Wine, Jav’s BBQ, and Unsung Brewing. A short walk away is the historical Center St. Promenade ― a local gem known for artisan shops, chef-driven eateries, and innovative vendors. The day ends with drinks and dinner at a local Venue.




Education and General Sessions designed by the Summit Committee
Lunch at the hotel before the afternoon’s excursions
Disney’s Grand Californian

Afternoon: Fun in the Sun with a taste of history and culinary delights
Sponsored by Visit Buena Park, Knotts Berry Farms and many others

Afternoon includes a “student overview” of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Beach Boulevard Club, Big Air Trampoline Park, John’s Incredible Pizza and Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. Attendees will enjoy a group dinner at the Beach Boulevard Entertainment Corridor.


Dinner and a Show, Buena Park



Rise and Shine
We are taking Summit on the Road.  We will head up I-5 to Los Angeles where we will tour iconic student friendly sights, see what’s new, and enjoy LA’s ethnic food scene.  The afternoon will include “education bites” and time to network with each other followed by an evening at Universal Studios Hollywood. Then we will head back to the hotel.



The day is yours.

  • Depart early for the Hawaii Post Tour – see the schedule and details.
  • Extend your stay and enjoy the beautiful hotel and spa
  • Tour more of the area and/or take advantage of a day pass to Disneyland.

Dr. Michael A. Mazzarisi, President, Performing Arts Consultants

The best part of a SYTA SUMMIT is that it provides the opportunity for travel professionals to meet in a conversable setting without the pressure of a 7 minute meeting or have to deal with the barrage of conference masses. Every tour operator has unique abilities, and since I am a big proponent of partnerships, SUMMIT becomes an ideal network to forge plans for new and exciting joint ventures.

Steve Maehl, Global Travel Alliance

It was over ten years ago that I attended my very first SYTA event at the 2009 Summit. I learned a lot, and made new friendships, but what impressed me the most was discovering an organization that desired to come together to collectively improve our industry and continually works together to change young lives for good through travel.

Tara Hippensteel, National Director of Tourism, City Cruises

SYTA Summit provides an unique opportunity to get up close with my SYTA partners and many of our buyers. The environment lends itself to a causal, natural environment – no pressure just building my network!

Kara Mihalevich, President, Adventure Student Travel, LLC

To me, SYTA Summit is the most valuable conference that I attend. I always find the educational seminars very useful and because it is a smaller, more intimate conference, you get to build a much deeper relationship with the sponsors. This is also the only conference that I have ever really had the opportunity to get to know other attendees. I absolutely LOVE SYTA Summit!