Responsible Travel

SYTA’s Responsible Travel Community

We believe that it takes a COMMUNITY, not just a committee or a program, to achieve the goal of providing and participating in Responsible Travel. Every member, partner, client, donor and beneficiary of our travel products who is concerned about creating responsible experiences and being a responsible traveler is a part of our Responsible Travel Community.

In order to organize education, events and programs around the concerns of Responsible Travel, we have organized three separate sub-committees to focus on these complex topics:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEIA)
  • Sustainability
  • Health & Safety

If you’d like to be a more involved member of the Responsible Travel Community, please contact Amy Cannon at [email protected].


Responsible Travel Position Statement

The Student & Youth Travel Association believes that our mission of providing life-changing travel experiences for students and youth is strongly supported by our members’ commitment to ensure responsible, inclusive and sustainable travel products. Our goal is that our products not only enhance and regenerate tourism destinations now and for the future, but also impact, educate and engage students and youth, providing them with responsible travel experiences that deliver on their values: diversity and inclusion, sustainability and safety.


Our Responsible Travel Values

  • Respect for our planet and its cultures
  • Inclusion
  • Diversity
  • Transparency
  • Future focused
  • Commitment to safety


Learn About Responsible Travel With These Important Resources

SYTA would like to thank our partners for sharing their in-depth educational courses with us here.






Tourism Cares is a non-profit dedicated to advancing sustainability and meaningful travel for the tourism industry by providing resources, education, and programming to create positive social, environmental, and economic impact for communities around the globe.


Click here to take advantage of the Tourism Cares education content.



WeTravel is a booking & payments platform for multi-day and group travel businesses whose mission is to empower any travel company to provide life-changing experiences.

Click here to take advantage of We Travel courses on Responsible Travel


RISE Travel Institute is  a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to create a more just and equitable world through travel education.

Click here to access the full range of RISE Travel Institute courses


Travel Unity is a 501(c)(3) focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel through individual and community empowerment. They connect community groups and individuals with travel, cultural, and educational experiences to promote personal and professional growth.

Travel Unity offers certification courses in applied diversity that you can access here: