People to People Health and Safety Officer named President of the Student
Youth Travel Association
Mike Bowers to head organization through August 2014
SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 15, 2013
SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- People to People Ambassador
Programs, the leader in globaleducational travelexperiences, congratulates
Mike Bowers, Senior Director of Health and Safety, on his appointment to the
position of President of the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA).
Bowers will oversee the collaboration amongst tour and travel operators in the
student and youth travel space for one year through August 2014.
"We are very pleased that the SYTA duly recognizes Mike's long tenure in the
travel industry," said Tony Dombrowik, interim CEO for People to People
Ambassador Programs. "We know that one of the most important issues in youth
travel is working with companies with strong histories and credibility, and I
believe his presence in a leadership role will be a valuable asset for SYTA."
According to Bowers, the Board of Directors of SYTA have crystalized their
short and long term strategic plans, which includes commissioning a first of
its kind research project that will help quantitatively define the industry of
Student Educational Travel, estimated to have an annual sales value in the
billions of dollars. This study will focus on student travel preferences,
spending habits and include data on the impact of international student
educational travel into the United States. The result of the study will be
released at the SYTA Annual Conference in Toronto in August 2014.
"I am blessed to be working with such a talented board of directors and an
incredible staff at SYTA led by our Executive Director, Carylann Assante,"
said Bowers. "As an organization we strive to make student educational travel
more accessible to all young people and do so safely. I look forward to
helping SYTA grow in its role of the The Voice of Student and Youth Travel^®."
SYTA is a non-profit, professional trade association that promotes student and
youth travel, serving as a trusted resource for educators, administrator,
parents and travel professional. Membership of SYTA continues to grow with
over 800 travel companies and organizations nationwide.
"People to People's strong reputation and quality travel products in this
space add an additional level of credibility to Mike's own strong career,"
said Carylann Assante, Executive Director of SYTA. "We look forward to working
with Mike to continue enhancing SYTA's reach and standards for excellence that
our membership and the industry demand from us."
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About People to People Ambassador Programs
People to People Ambassador Programs is the world's most recognized
studenteducational travel provider. Since the 1960s, more than 500,000 people
from around the world have traveled with People to People Ambassador Programs
to help further global understanding through cross-cultural exchange. Offering
unmatched safety measures and unparalleled access to foreign cultures and
countries, People to People Ambassador Programs promotes personal success in a
globalized world and fosters international friendships for both students and
People to People Ambassador Programs is the exclusive educational travel
provider of People to People International (PTPI), a nonprofit organization
founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote peace through
understanding worldwide. Together, PTPI and People to People Ambassador
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Spokane, Washington. Ambassadors Group, Inc. is the parent company of
Ambassador Programs, Inc., World Adventures Unlimited, Inc., and BookRags,
Inc., an educational research website. The Company also oversees the
Washington School of World Studies, an accredited travel study and distance
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SYTA is the non-profit, professional trade association that promotes student &
youth travel and seeks to foster integrity and professionalism among student
and youth travel service providers.
SYTA members are Tour Operators, Travel Agencies and supplier organizations
(Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions, Airlines, Destination Marketing
Organizations, etc.) that are committed to professionalism and integrity in
student and youth travel. The organization is run by an elected Board of
Directors and a professional staff, with North American headquarters in
McLean, Virginia located just outside of Washington, DC.
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