Chinese-Language Tour-Guide Course Begins in Myanmar
YANGON, September 4 -- A Chinese-language tour-guide
refresher course began here Monday, aimed at producing qualified
tour guides, who speak the language, as part of Myanmar's measures
to promote its tourism industry and provide systematic guide to
tourists coming from neighboring China.
The two-week special course is conducted by the Directorate of
Hotels and Tourism of the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism,
according to the ministry Tuesday.
The introduction of the course came nine months after Myanmar
reached a memorandum of understanding with China in December last
year on the implementation plan for outbound travel to Myanmar by
Chinese citizens at their own expenses.
China, along with Thailand, is a main supplier of tourists to
Myanmar from its neighboring countries.
According to official statistics, the number of registered tour
guides in Myanmar, who speak different foreign languages, reached
3,768 so far, of whom Chinese guides accounted for 222. The other
language guides cover English, Japanese and French.
The statistics show that 234,900 foreign tourists visited
Myanmar in 2000, falling by 9.9 percent from 1999 and the number
of those who visited the country in the first four months of this
year came to 51,291, also dropping by 44.2 percent compared with
the same period of 2000.
Myanmar's short-term target is to draw 500,000 foreign tourists
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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