The ‘world’s greatest living explorer’ has been confirmed as the closing keynote speaker for this September’s World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC).

Sir Ranulph Fiennes will highlight the growing wanderlust amongst youth travellers and how his experiences inspired him from a young age as he takes to the stage at the Convention Centre Dublin on the afternoon of Friday 26 September.

David Chapman, Director General of World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation, which organises the annual WYSTC event, said: “It’s an honour to have such an inspirational icon for adventure travel joining us for the youth travel industry’s biggest gathering.

“Throughout his life Fiennes has encouraged young people to challenge themselves and explore the world, whilst his attitude to risk and adventure can be equally applied to business ventures. We’re therefore excited that his engaging tales and gift for storytelling will leave the audience inspired to reach new heights of their own.”

Having led over 30 expeditions and been the first person to reach both poles by foot, Fiennes may have earned his moniker from the Guinness Book of Records in 1984 but has not eased up on his record-breaking experiences since. Despite inauspicious beginnings and false starts, his commitment, perseverance and teamwork skills have seen him remain at the forefront of exploration around the world since he first led the British Expedition on the White Nile in 1969.

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland from 23 – 26 September 2014.