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,