Chinese language classes for Pokhara's businessmen


24th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


POKHARA, Jan 24: Aiming the businessmen of Pokhara, Nepal Tourism Board has started basic Chinese language course in the management of Saino Nepal Media Society and help from Kathmandu University Confucius Institute. The classroom has been operated in the office of Province 4 situated at Damside, Pokhara.

Member of the representative assembly, Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, inaugurated the Chinese language class in a special program and said that the knowledge of Chinese language will also help flourish tourism entrepreneurship. He added that the government is aiming to attract 2 million tourists  to Nepal by 2020 and that the decreasing remittances of the country could be brought back on track from the inflow of foreign currency coming from tourism sector. The Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Maheshwar Neupane said during the program that they are working to improve the tourism sector and increasing tourists not only from China but also from other countries of the world.

Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Nepal Tourism Board, told that acquisition of Chinese language skills by entrepreneurs can strengthen ties between Nepali and Chinese citizens. Dr. Wang Sangli, director of the University of Confucius Institute of Kathmandu University says Chinese tourists do not want to speak in foreign languages and that is why Nepal's tourism entrepreneurs should have basic knowledge of Chinese knowledge. He suggested that Chinese tourists look forward to talking in their own language so Chinese classes can increase the number of tourists from China. President of Saino Nepal Media Society, Dhruva Poudel said that local tourism businesses of Pokhara were losing income from Chinese tourists as they didn't know how to speak in Chinese. There are more than 80 tourism entrepreneurs engaged in the 80-hour Chinese class. Kathmandu University Confucius Institute has organized two professional Chinese language teachers for training of language.