CVC, one of Latin America’s biggest travel agencies, has hired former STB CEO Santuza Bicalho to head up a new division for study travel, which the company hopes will account for 4.5% of turnover in sales for the business.
Last week over 70 educational institutions took part in STB’s GATE (Global Access To Education) workshop in São Paulo, Brazil. They were able to meet STB counsellors and for the first time, highly targeted potential buyers directly at an STB event.
The second big hiring news of the week is that major ELT player Embassy English, part of Study Group, has announced the appointment of Santuza Bicalho, former CEO of major agency chain STB in Brazil, to head up its global sales division.
In order to capture the huge ELT market in Brazil, schools and agencies must be prepared to offer bespoke, innovative programmes for two distinct groups of clientele, says Marcia Mattos, head of international education at STB. She delivered market insight at the recent ALTO Seminar in Dubai.
Brazilian travel giant STB is testing a new app that helps students manage their trips abroad which it plans to roll out across the company by 2013. TripBox will allow students to keep important personal documents close at hand and access travel tips as part of the TripBox user community.
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STB, Brazil’s largest study travel organisation, announced today that well known industry player, Peter de Jong, is to become their Vice President of Business Development from January 2012. He will help develop new opportunities in North America and Asia at the outbound study giant which places 55,000 students annually.