Travellers, take note: Hong Kong is the world’s top city for international visits

Hong Kong is set to retain its status as the city most visited by international travellers this year in spite of strained relations with mainland China. In a report published on Tuesday, market research firm Euromonitor International said it estimates 25.7 million arrivals in Hong Kong this year, down 3.2% on 2016. The Thai capital Bangkok retains second place, but its popularity has grown faster than Hong Kong’s, with arrivals up 9.5% at 21.3 million. London is Europe’s top city, in third place with 19.8 million arrivals, but the report…

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Travelling on a budget? These Indian destinations can give you an international experience

International tours make for great memories, but they also come with a heavy expense. Here are some places to visit within India that will give you an international vacation experience without burning a hole in your pocket: * Shillong—The Scotland of the East: With its surging meadows, rivers and lush widespread grasslands, Shillong and its surroundings can be compared to Scotland. Waterways are the means of transportation in Alleppey. (Shutterstock) * Pondicherry—The French Town: Pondicherry retains its Dutch and French architecture from colonial times. It is interesting to note the smooth transition of…

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How Wireless Broadband Technologies Help Secure International Borders

Keeping international borders secure is an important and resource-intensive job. Illegal immigrants, criminals, human traffickers, smugglers, and potential terrorists can cross anywhere along theseboundaries. Simply building a wall is not enough. People and technology must be deployed in order to monitor the movement of individuals and assess possible threats.However keeping international borders secure is a job that is often easier said than done. Safeguarding borders present various challenges. Some borders may be too long and extend across great expanses of lands, the terrain may be inaccessible or inhospitable, or the…

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Africa buoys French international education as security concerns remain

  The latest figures from Campus France show that student mobility from Africa has increased 6.7% in the last five years, driven largely by students from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. “The perception of security after the attacks impacted students still at home more than the students in France” In total, French higher education institutions hosted 133,893 African students in 2015/16 – 43.2% of all international students in the country – up from 126,986 last year. According to Campus France stakeholders, international student visa applications to France took a hit after…

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The technical side of international ed: let’s talk about tax, baby

In the world of international education, whether you’re a small business owner or the finance officer at a large organisation, the subject is made even more irksome with the added burden of navigating international sales tax. But as tax policies constantly change and international study offices are increasingly being asked to act like multinational companies, it’s important to talk about tax. Including all the good things and the bad things that may be. “New Zealand is one of very few countries in the world where tax is levied on language…

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International students praise Canada’s openness and affordable fees

These were some of the insights shared by international students studying at English language, pathway and postsecondary courses in Ottawa, at a recent roundtable hosted by The PIE News and education provider CultureWorks. “I thought it Canada just a white piece of land covered in snow” Jamal Yayha from Yemen recounted his surprise at the competitive edge Canada has over other destinations – especially the US. When it was time to apply for university, he wanted to study overseas but he had no interest in studying in Canada, Yayha told delegates. While US…

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Plan Ahead for Emergencies Abroad as an International Student

You probably know what to do in an emergency situation at home, but what if you found yourself in a similar position overseas? Experts say it’s important for future international students to have some sort of response plan for emergency scenarios such as injury or a natural disaster. Gary Rhodes, director of the Center for Global Education at California State University—Dominguez Hills, says students and parents can approach international safety planning by thinking: “Okay, here’s how I handle health and safety emergencies in the city, state, university or wherever I am. What do I need to…

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Show International Experience When Applying to Business School

The ability to work well with people from other cultures has never been more critical. More companies than ever are conducting international business, and business schoolseverywhere have spent the past few years deepening their own focus on globalizationthrough coursework and study abroad programs. Business school admissions committees look for applicants who are open-minded, curious, adventurous and eager to learn about the world at large. Though not an explicit requirement for admission, having meaningful work, study or travel experience outside your home country makes you more desirable as an MBA applicant….

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Government visa rules are making Britain a ‘difficult and unattractive’ study destination for international students

Robert Spencer/Getty Images The Government’s “damaging” visa policies are making Britain a “difficult and unattractive” place to study for international students, a new report has warned. According to the findings from the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), last year’s business school student intake from outside the EU “fell sharply” by almost nine per cent. This, in turn, could have a detrimental effect on postgraduate taught programmes – such as the MBA – where 52 per cent of students are international. Despite business and administration courses being among the most popular…

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Marriott International expands footprint in Europe

Marriott International in Europe will double in size once its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts is complete.  In Europe, the company will reach over 123,000 opened or signed rooms when Marriott’s 61,000 open rooms join with Starwood’s 40,500 open rooms and the combined pipeline of 21,500 rooms. Starwood’s luxury brands, including St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels, will also complement Marriott’s luxury brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION and JW Marriott.  The newly acquired luxury brands will complement Marriott’s existing offering in the economy and mid-tier sector, including Moxy…

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