Myanmar sends woman trainees to study Russian language in Indonesia

13:39, July 06, 2010      

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Myanmar has sent some woman trainees to study Russian language along with those from other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under an ASEAN-Russia cooperation program, an official daily reported Tuesday.

Organized by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and ASEAN Secretariat, these Myanmar woman trainees are to attend the one- month in-class training on Russian language intensive course in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta starting Tuesday, said the New Light of Myanmar.

The trainees passed the intensive Russian language course for tourism industry of intermediate level conducted by the Myanmar Tourism Association (MTA), it said.

The course is being conducted with the aim of helping tour guides from ASEAN nations to study Russian language via e-learning system, the report added.

With the picking up of the number of world travelers in 2009, there emerged issues of shortage of skilled hotel staff as well as tourist guides who speak foreign languages.

In late last year, Myanmar was urgently seeking more tourist guides to receive world travelers especially in that peak tourism season through to this year when tourist arrivals were increasing significantly.

According to the MTA, there were nearly 5,000 registered tourist guides in the country, of which over 60 percent are English speakers. Tourist guides, who are fluent in Russian, French, German, Italian, Spanish languages, are essential as travelers from these countries have increased during last year.

According to statistics, the number of English-speaking tourist guides was leading with 3,093, followed by Japanese's with 598, French's with 283, German's with 217, Chinese's with 214 and Thai' s with 122.

Meanwhile, tourist arrivals registered 298,556 in 2009-10 fiscal year ended in March, increasing by 16.9 percent compared with the previous year, the latest figures show.

Source: Xinhua


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