Manalapan, NJ – August 22, 2013 – SYTA, the premier association for leading tour operators, travel agencies, and suppliers who serve the student and youth travel market, has accepted eduSTAR Student Tours  (formerly known as American Vacation Tours) as its newest member.

eduSTAR Student Tours has enjoyed a 30-year history catering to group youth travelers, and acceptance into the SYTA organization is a testament to its commitment and success in this field. Founded by two New York City school teachers, eduSTAR Student Tours focuses on student tours to New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto/Niagara Falls, Montreal and many more.  According to Jon Gamza, Managing Member of eduSTAR, “Within each city, we can focus on subject matters such as history, art, drama, business, fashion, music and more.”  Mr. Gamza also noted that eduSTAR not only focuses on schools but also summer camps and other youth groups.  For more information, visit or contact eduSTAR at 800-426-0157.

Founded in 1997, SYTA is a non-profit, professional trade association comprised of nearly 1,000 members in North America who stay up-to-date with today’s youth travel trends and custom tailor trips worldwide.  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 more than 2.2 million participants each year.  For more information about SYTA, its 501c3 philanthropic arm The SYTA Youth Foundation, or to receive a free subscription to SYTA’s professional Teach & Travel  magazine for educators and youth group leaders interested in student/youth travel, please visit or call 703-610-1263.