White House Guardianships brings home the 2015 Bournemouth Tourism Award for Services to Education

White House Guardianships has been very honoured to receive the award for Services to Education in the 2015 Bournemouth Tourism Awards. Thank you to David Jones from ETC International College for accepting the award on our behalf. International education and language studies does so much to support Bournemouth, it has been a pleasure to contribute to its growing success.

The awards, which have been running for eight years, recognise hotels, holiday parks, restaurants, night-time venues, visitor attractions and other businesses that are involved in the town’s tourism offer.

The Bournemouth awards feature 11 categories, including those for hotel and dining experiences, a Great Night Out title and the Unsung Hero Award.

Paul Clarke, chair of the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association (BAHA), said: “These awards are a chance for us to say thank you to all of those businesses and individuals that help to make Bournemouth the cosmopolitan, lively and welcoming resort that residents and visitors know it to be.”

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for tourism, said: “It’s always a pleasure to hear about any business or individual that puts something back into the town and these awards provide the perfect opportunity to congratulate formally those who have employed their hard work and enthusiasm for the benefit of Bournemouth’s tourism industry.”

The town itself was named the UK’s best coastal resort in the British Travel Awards 2014.

The Mexicans are coming!

Intercultural Festival, EF Mexico-EF Bournemouth 2014 (I-QUF)

EF International Language School Bournemouth is preparing to say “Hola y Bienvenidos” to the largest group ever to have studied at one of its schools.

Approximately 900 Mexican Students and 90 Mexican Teachers will be coming to Bournemouth for 2 weeks (13th to the 27th of April) to participate in the I-QUF 2014 Inter Cultural Festival.

The students study at the most prestigious private colleges in Mexico, their ages range from 12 to 18.

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Dr Rod Cooper has been asked to give a Civic Welcome to the students on behalf of the citizens of Bournemouth. This will take place on Monday 14th April at the Pavilion Theatre; the Mexican Ambassador and Embassy officials are also expected to attend the opening day of the I-QUF programme.

Each college has been allocated an adoptive country of the United Nations and will have to represent that country’s position in a simulated United Nations debate which will take place at the Bournemouth International Conference Centre (BIC). The debate is known as EFMUN (EF United Nations Model), the official language of the Debate is of course English.

Apart from the EFMUN Debate and a programme of English classes, the colleges will compete against each other in a spelling competition, a photo rally competition, a cultural and tourism exhibition and a Dance Contest. The latter two will take place on the 19th and 20th of April at the BIC and will be open to the general public and invited guests. The same event in 2013 was attended by hundreds of local people and holiday makers who were massively impressed with the talents demonstrated by the students.

During their time here in the UK they will enjoy educational/cultural visits to London, Oxford, Cambridge, Salisbury, Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

As in previous years, a group of our colleaguesfrom EF Mexico will travel to Bournemouth too and, as usual, will be invaluable in collaborating with the Bournemouth staff to ensure that everything in the programme runs smoothly

All of our visitors from Mexico will be accommodated in 6 Hotels on both the west and east cliff areas of Bournemouth

The I-QUF festival will be rounded off by a 3 day tour to Paris which will include a visit to Disneyland.

IEF and NCTA run “Being a Host Family” seminar

The IEF is working with the National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) to put on two events designed for host families in two identical presentations on 31st January and 5th February, 2014.

The presentations are each entitled “Being a Host Family – Your questions answered.“

The purpose of each session is to help new host families / prospective host families to understand the importance of tourism and the international market to the town.

The presentations will explain some of the issues faced by host families / students staying with host families and how to handle them appropriately and professionally.

These informal sessions aim to offer guidance on how to deal with the challenges of hosting international students; as well as a forum to discuss how to make students’ stay a positive experience for all concerned.

The sessions will include short presentations, a panel discussion with host family and language school representatives plus a question and answer session and the chance to discuss experiences with others.

Topics covered will include an overview of responsibilities, cultural differences and attitudes, how to deal with issues as soon as they arise and special requirements, including curfews, for the various age ranges of students. There will also be the opportunity to discuss private foster care arrangements for students under 16 who stay with a host family for 28 days or more.

For more information on the NCTA, please visit the Academy’s website at: www.coastaltourismacademy.co.uk

If you are considering becoming a host family and would like to attend, please book a free place on the Eventbrite website, here:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/5554878855?s=20153309

We look forward to meeting you!

Great news from BEET Language Centre

The new headquarters of ITTC - specialist teacher training centre in Bournemouth.

The new headquarters of ITTC – specialist teacher training centre in Bournemouth.

Managing Director of BEET Language Centre and ITTC recently supplied the IEF with a review of how his institutions had fared in 2013:

“The year has been a bit of a rollercoaster for us, as was last year with two ISI inspections. The second was overseen by an ISI/Ofsted Monitor, which served to satisfy both the ISI and us that there had been no misjudgements by the inspectors. The result was Exceeds Expectations (the Ofsted equivalent to Outstanding) in all categories. And we were not the only school in Bournemouth to achieve this.”

“This year we had an ISI Monitoring Visit and a full British Council inspection. The ISI confirmed our grades from last year, and the British Council under the new and stricter inspection criteria awarded us a total of 14 Strengths (old Points of Excellence) out of a possible 15. This placed us joint first in the UK with Lake School in Oxford. A very welcome surprise after years of slogging!”

“However, the big surprise this year was being winner of the ‘Contribution to International Education and Conference Business Experience of the Year’ category in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards. We put in a very late entry, on the off-chance that we might get a ‘mentioned in despatches’, based on our expansion of teacher training and having had a fairly good year otherwise. But the truth is we did very little more this year than we do any year.”

“The BTMB now have a real opportunity to assess quality, which is in itself a significant contribution to our international reputation as a town, by looking through the published reports of both the ISI and the British Council.”

Clive Barrow, Managing Director of BEET Language Centre and ITTC, Bournemouth.

Clive Barrow, Managing Director of BEET Language Centre and ITTC, Bournemouth.

Congratulations to BEET Language Centre on an excellent year in 2013!

Bournemouth – officially the Best UK Coastal Resort

It’s official – the public have spoken and crowned Bournemouth as the Best UK Coastal Resort. The triumph was announced at the recent British Travel Awards held in London, with Bournemouth beating stiff competition from Looe, Cornwall and Tenby, Pembrokeshire, which received silver and bronze awards.
The British Travel Awards are uniquely positioned to offer an insight into the companies and attractions that have received their customers’ vote of confidence. Unlike most travel awards – where a panel of judges or industry pundits have influence over the final results – British Travel Award winners have received their accolades by simply receiving more consumer votes than their competitors.
The British Travel Awards are a fantastic award to win as they reflect the opinion of the public and Bournemouth has been working its way up to the winning position for the past two years receiving silver place for the same award in 2012 and Bronze in 2011.
Mark Smith, Director of Bournemouth Tourism said: ‘It’s great to see Bournemouth receiving the recognition it deserves. Bournemouth Tourism work extremely hard to ensure the town remains on the public’s list as a favourite UK holiday destination. There’s always an abundance of free events, the parks and gardens are absolutely stunning – it doesn’t surprise me that the public voted for Bournemouth!’
Bournemouth continues to develop as an award-winning destination with the Bournemouth Air Festival being recognised across the globe as one of the world’s top 10 air shows. The town’s events continue to grow with the brand new Wheels Festival, which is set to be the UK’s biggest free wheels themed event, taking place from 24th – 26th May, 2014.
…… more reasons why you should make Bournemouth and Poole your number one choice for where to study in the UK.

More young people are travelling abroad to learn a language, gain work experience and study

More young people are travelling abroad to learn a language, gain work experience and study, allowing them to stay longer at destinations and spend more than the average tourist, according to a global study on the youth travel sector.

Young travellers represent 20% of the international tourism market, accounting for £138 billion of the £692 billion tourism spend in 2012, as reported in the World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation’s New Horizons III report, which updates previous research into the youth travel market conducted in 2002 and 2007.

The latest research reveals that over 1/3 of young travellers polled were travelling for language learning or study purposes, with another 16% citing work experience as their motivation. Holidays as a reason to travel dropped from 75% in 2007 to just under 50%.

“With young people travelling further, staying away for longer, spending more, keeping in touch more and integrating with overseas communities on a scale not seen before, the industry is becoming far broader than ever before,” said David Chapman Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation.

The average total spend in 2012/13 – up by 40% since 2007 – amounted to just under €3,000. Despite holidays still being the main reason for travel, the biggest spenders are considered to be travellers learning a language or studying abroad, shelling out on average €3,500 and €3,640 respectively, states the report.

Among the 34,000 young travellers surveyed from 137 countries, the top three countries of origin included Germany, US and Canada, followed by China which accounted for 7.4% of respondents.

Over half of the respondees – predominantly female – were aged 20 to 25, while the 30-plus group accounted for 17% of those surveyed, an increase since 2002. These travellers make an average of 10 inter-regional trips during their lifetime, building what the report calls a “travel career” allowing them to visit more distant regions as they get older.

Visit http://thepienews.com/news/student-travellers-increasingly-common-biggest-spenders/ for more on this story and a very interesting graphic.

The UK aims to charm China and London.cn launches

The UK aims to charm China and London.cn launches
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled an official Chinese language website which is designed to showcase London as a tourist and study destination to China’s 600 million internet users, in a year when London is set to break records again for Chinese visitors.

His visit coincided with that of Chancellor George Osborne to the Chinese capital.

The Mayor and the Chancellor both spoke to students at Peking University and underlined the UK’s interest in forging strong bonds in China.

Watch this space for news of the IEF’s forthcoming visit to China to promote Bournemouth and Poole as the number one choice for international students in the UK.