Bournemouth expecting bumper summer

July 16, 2013

Summer enrolments for short-term and long-term courses are on the increase, according to members of the International Education Forum of Bournemouth and Poole (IEF).

Photo: Bournemouth square

The neighbouring seaside resorts in Dorset, on the south coast of the UK, are expecting 2013 to be one of the busiest summers ever, said IEF Chair and Principal of ETC International College, David Jones.

“We are delighted that against the backdrop of a difficult global economic situation, bookings amongst IEF members for short-term and long-term courses this summer seem to be not only holding steady, but actually surging ahead. On average, members are talking about business being 10 per cent up on the same period last year, with a few members reporting an increase in bookings of up to 30 per cent.”

Over 50,000 international students studied in Bournemouth in 2012, according to data from the Office for National Statistics, said Jones, and he told Study Travel Magazine that 2012 was a reasonably positive year, with many members picking up bookings from students avoiding London during the Olympics.

Guido Schillig, Managing Director of Anglo-Continental, said, “Bournemouth and Poole is simply a fantastic area and former students of Anglo-Continental return year after year to do another course or have a vacation with their family so they can share its treasures and recall good times.”

IEF was established in 1999 and covers schools from different accrediting bodies, including language schools, further education and higher education colleges and guardianship providers, as well as representation from local government. Jones said that the organisation would be engaging in more PR activities over coming months and was hoping to gather additional first-hand data on the size and value of the industry in the region.
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