In a bid to attract Chinese travellers, one of the major tourism spenders, the tourism ministry has decided to impart Mandarin training to members of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO). The training programme will begin by the end of this month, Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said in a meeting with industry members here on Tuesday. The move is to “help ease the demand of Chinese speaking guides”.
About 160,000 Chinese tourists visited India in 2013. According to United Nations World Tourism Organization estimates, China is the world’s largest tourism spender, ahead of the US and Germany.
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