FIRST BATCH OF SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM STAFF LEAVES FOR CULTURAL EXPOSURE IN CHINA

| November 30, 2016

The first group of South African front-line tourism staff to be trained in the Mandarin language has completed the initial phase of training and is heading to China for cultural learning experiences.

The trainees received certificates from Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on Tuesday after attending specialised training from establishments frequented by the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting South Africa.

Modules for reading, writing and speaking, situational role-playing sessions and the three-week visit to China will enable trainees to communicate in Mandarin, which is used by about one billion speakers, mainly in China.

"The language training will enhance the experience of our Mandarin-speaking visitors and make their stay in South Africa even more memorable," said Hanekom.

"The front-line people will help Mandarin speakers with making arrangements for travel, accommodation and sites to visit. The tourist guides will be able to tell the fascinating stories behind our sites better, the tourists will understand them better and spread the word when they return home."

China is the world's largest outbound market for tourism with more than 128 million Chinese tourists visiting other countries last year. South Africa has enjoyed spectacular growth in arrivals from China this year with the number of arrivals from China between January and August increasing by 64 per cent over the same period last year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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