ALTO Newsletter June 2021

According to data from the World Tourism Organization, destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020, resulting in a staggering loss of 1.3 trillion USD in export revenues, which is more than 11 times the loss recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis.

We are now half way through 2021 and the entire travel industry – including our small segment, the international education industry – is baffled by the lack of urgency to help and support organisations around the world who have taken the hardest hit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course some governments provide more financial help than others, but the key step of creating a clear timeline and policy framework on how and when international travel can resume still hasn’t materialised in most countries.

Even with the glimpse of hope in small pockets around the world, the overall landscape is bleak and confusing. We get mixed messages from our members about their expectations even for this summer, so we at ALTO can only urge you to follow our projects and join our events whenever you can to gather information about the language and education travel industry.

If you don’t currently hold membership with us, but would like to find out more about the association, contact me, Reka Lenart Association Manager and I send you more information and/or guide you through the application process.

Headlines from the newsletter:

  • Open Event 29th June 2021- ALTO Trends Barometer platform launch
  • Welcome to new member St. George’s University
  • ALTO Pulse Q3 2021 – complete the survey before 16th July
  • Past event report: Silvia Garcia – Emotional Wellbeing

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, I look forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you a great weekend,


ALTO Trends Barometer – Open Event


The ALTO Board would like to invite Owners and Directors of international education organisations to join this open event where we launch the ALTO Trends Barometer ( platform.
The platform collects real data from ALTO member schools and ALTO school associations’ members from January 2019 to date, forming a global chart showing not estimates, not projections but real data of student arrivals from participating schools. The global chart is also broken down to country charts featuring key destination markets.
Register asap to join this event on 29th June

Welcome to our new member – SGU

St. George’s University
We are thrilled to welcome another university member at ALTO and hope that their outlook on the industry will further diversify the association’s community and encourage other universities and high school programme providers to join us.
St. George’s University is a private medical school and international university in Grenada, West Indies, offering degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, the health sciences, nursing, arts and sciences, and business.
Read more and find their contact details on their ALTO page profile – SGU

ALTO Pulse Q3 2021 – new survey open! 

The ALTO Pulse is designed to create a snapshot of the international education industry’s recovery projection and since we collect the data over a relatively short space of time and participants represent all stakeholders worldwide, it’s a very good indicator of leaders’ sentiment regarding the next 18 months. The report comes out one week after we close the data collection, participation and accessing the report is free, it’s a win-win for everyone!

ALTO provides this free service to help industry players’ business planning with a global perspective and help them achieve the fastest recovery possible.

Read more about the ALTO Pulse project and find our previous reports on our webpage or go directly to the latest survey below and complete before 16th July 2021:

ALTO Pulse Q3 2021 – complete survey now

Emotional Wellbeing – event report

In the midst of so many challenges, during Mental Health Month, just when leaders’ and employees’ resilience is critical, we invited Silvia Garcia, to share how to boost our energy, resilience and mobilize our resources to emerge from the crisis.
The key message from Silvia Garcia, former Director at Coca-Cola’s Happiness Institute was:
“Taking care of yourself- and your employees – can be the best professional and personal thing to do.”
Please follow the link below to read more about the event.
Read the webinar summary