Center for Student Travel Safety

In partnership with the Center for Student Travel Safety , SYTA is developing risk management and safety standards to provide a foundation for a New Travel Organization Certification Program that will be launched in 2019. Click here for more information on Certification.

SYTA also partners with the Center to provide education, training, and knowledge resources for its members in the areas of risk and incident management, emergency response plans, and overall safety practices that address the challenges of traveling student groups.  A new series of guides produced with the Center for Student Travel Safety will be released in 2019. The Center also serves as a resource to SYTA members who need professional expertise.

About the Center

The Center for Student Travel Safety (CSTS) was founded in October of 2015 to help travel organizations address the challenges faced when traveling groups of students domestically or internationally.

Resources and Consulting Services

The Center provides expertise to travel organizations in these areas:

  • Emergency Response Plan Development
  • Travel Safety Standard Development & Implementation
  • Family Assistance Planning
  • Medical Information Collection and Processing Systems
  • Incident Management Planning & Training
  • On-call Support Service Packaging
  • Student Travel Procedure Development & ADA Compliance

About the Founder of CSTS

Michael J. Bowers offers more than 39 years of experience in travel safety and operations management. He has helped organizations take the necessary steps to reduce the probability of unwanted events to help make travel safer.

Bowers held senior leadership roles for several of the top US airlines and was responsible for the safety and wellbeing of thousands of employees working in high risk environments.  He was also instrumental in the development of a new and innovative approach to emergency response planning.

Bowers experience in student travel includes ten years as the Senior Director of Health and Safety for one of the industry’s largest student travel providers.  He worked to integrate the new emergency response approach into the student travel industry and introduced the first family assistance program. Bowers also served as President of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA).

Today he serves the student travel industry through the Center for Student Travel Safety where he provides consulting services, leadership and training webinars, blogs and articles for industry publications.


The Center For Student Travel Safety
308 E Ocotillo Dr.
Florence, AZ. 85132

Phone: 509.280.1040

Email: [email protected]

About the Certified Student Travel Organization (CSTO)

The SYTA Travel Organization Certification Program is a voluntary program intended to educate tour operators, group travel planners and receptive operators in the facilitation of risk management processes that impact the health and safety of their customers while on the road. Learn more about this program at https://syta.org/our-community/professional-development/accreditation.

Click here to download the CSTS brochure.

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