The survey of 57,000 travellers ages 18 – 35 worldwide offers the industry's most comprehensive look into youth and student travellers.
In 2016, according to WYSE Travel Confederation estimates, youth generated about USD280 billion tourism receipts.
The US is still at the top of the list for young travellers, but it has lost some of its share of the pie. Spain is now the second leading destination and Australia moved back into the top 10 for the first time since 2007.
"We have worked closely with our destination members as they have tapped into this valuable travel market - one which stays longer, spends more, and are the most likely to return to the country later in life, with family and friends,” highlighted David Chapman, director general, WYSE Travel Confederation.