SYTA Home  |  SYF Home  |  Contact Us


SYTA Summit provides a unique networking experience for student group tour operators and their key industry partners. Since 2014, SYTA Summit has grown to average over 120 attendees each year.

SYTA Summit 2018 in Costa Rica received rave reviews, with almost every post-meeting survey respondent (95%) indicating they are planning to attend or considering registration for Summit 2019.

In February 2019, SYTA Summit returns to the beautiful Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, exactly 10 years since SYTA Summit 2009 took place here. Take a look down memory lane!

What will you gain by participating in the SYTA Summit?

The SYTA Summit leverages peer-engagement to increase connections between great ideas, trends and real world scenarios to find solutions that you can use to prepare your business for the future.

Over the course of three days, you’ll be inspired and challenged by engaging speakers and successful industry leaders from a variety of backgrounds.

The idea is that sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to sharpen your skills.

It’s time to enhance your leadership journey and reinvent your business:

  • Navigate emerging trends and adapt to new environments, barriers, and opportunities.
  • Accelerate your success with breakthrough ideas and challenge your leadership vision, knowledge, and abilities.
  • Energize your personal leadership journey through powerful conversations, real-time collaboration, and high-level discussions in roundtables with peers.
  • Cultivate your network of senior executives willing to hold real conversations with you and share their experiences

“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.”

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

“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!”

Kara Mihalevich, President, Adventure Student Travel, LLC

“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!”

Tara Hippensteel, Director of National Tour & Travel, Hard Rock Café

“SYTA Summit has been an invaluable resource for both personal growth and building partnerships with other tour operators and vendors that has helped strengthen our business.”

Steve Maehl, Vice President, Global Travel Alliance

“The Summit is great. I Love the destinations we have visited and the size of the event itself. There is a real opportunity at Summit to spend quality time with all of the attendees and in a relationship based business, that time is everything.”

Bob Hofmann, Vice President, Broadway Inbound

SYTA Strategic Partners


SYTA Summit 2019