First group of South African front-line tourism staff heads for China

Published on : Wednesday, November 30, 2016

south-african-front-line-tourism-staffThe first group of South African front-line tourism staff is heading to China for cultural learning experiences after completing the initial phase of training in the Mandarin language.


The trainees attended specialised training from establishments frequented by the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting South Africa.


South Africa Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom felicitated the trainees by presenting them with certificates at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on Tuesday.


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 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,” Hanekom said.


“The language training will enhance the experience of our Mandarin-speaking visitors and make their stay in South Africa even more memorable,” he added.


The number of arrivals from China to South Africa between January and August this year increased by 64 per cent over the same period last year.


China is the world’s largest outbound market for tourism with more than 128 million Chinese tourists visiting other countries last year.

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