Unosel data shows mixed French outbound market

28 September, 2015

French agency association Unosel has released member data showing an increase in junior business balanced by a decline in adult students.

Summer 2015 language bookings for junior students increased by 2.6 per cent compared with the same period last year, while adult language programmes dropped by four per cent.

In Unosel’s full-year 2014 data, member agencies sent a total of around 60,000 students overseas on language programmes, with a slight decline in both the junior and adult business compared with the previous year.

Kseniya Yasinska, Déléguée Générale of the association, said reforms of continuing education in France were having an impact on the funded adult business.

English language destinations dominate business for Unosel agencies, with the UK being the most requested country, followed by the USA, Canada and Ireland. Spain and Germany were the most popular non-English language study destinations.

Another area of business that is increasing for Unosel’s member agencies is internal summer camps for French students, which increased by four per cent in the summer 2015 member survey, and rose by 2.5 per cent in 2014, compared with the previous year.

Elsewhere, Yasinska said French agencies have had to adjust to regulatory reforms for the wider travel agency sector. At the end of 2014, the rates of financial guarantee that agencies have to provide doubled, she explained.

“It was something that worried agencies a lot. Agencies had to negotiate with insurance companies,” she said. “It was a sudden difficulty introduced by the government that agencies had to face.”

Yasinska presented some of the initial member agency data at the recent annual meeting of the Federation of Education and Language Consultant Associations (Felca) in London, held before the StudyTravel Alphe UK Conference.  

Matthew Knott
News Editor


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