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newsThe first group of frontline tourism staff to be trained in Mandarin have completed the initial phase of their training and are heading to China for cultural learning experiences.  

The trainees received certificates from Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on Tuesday.  The 20 trainees were selected for specialised training from establishments frequented by the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting SA.  Modules for reading, writing and speaking, situational role playing sessions and the three-week visit to China will enable trainees to communicate in Mandarin.  SA has enjoyed spectacular growth in arrivals from China this year, with arrivals between January and August this year being 64% better than the same period last year.  The Department of Tourism is creating a database of the trainees, linked to SA Tourism’s websites, to make it accessible to establishments who need Mandarin speaking staff or guides

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