Carylann Assante has been named Executive Director of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA). Assante will oversee the strategic direction and growth of the non-profit group that focuses on student and youth travel markets.
Assante served with the American Society of Association Executives, (ASAE)) as a senior executive, including posts as Senior Director of Member Relations and then as VP of Development and Fundraising.
Founded in 1997 SYTA has nearly 1,000 members in North America. Members of SYTA include tour operators, attractions, convention and visitors bureaus, state/provincial offices of tourism, hotels/hostels, restaurants, theaters, transportation and other organizations involved in student and youth travel.
Current tour operator members of SYTA account for almost $1.55 billion US in student and youth travel, providing trips to over 2.2 million participants each year.