Monday, 10 May 2010

1400 multi-lingual guides for Delhi

With the Games expected to draw tourists from countries beyond the Commonwealth, the Ministry of Tourism is hoping to break some language barriers.

The ministry has already asked the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), Gwalior, to train 1,400 tour guides who can speak Chinese, Russian, Korean, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Thai or Portuguese. While the Commonwealth mostly includes countries where English is popular, the ministry wanted to ensure a more comfortable experience for visitors from non-English speaking countries who are likely to visit Delhi for the Games.

The new guides will need to have speaking and writing skills in at least one of the 10 foreign languages. The IITTM will then teach them about the history, society and important monuments of Delhi and nearby areas. Dr Sandeep Kulshreshtha, who is Head of Academics at the institute in Gwalior, said that apart from working in Delhi, the guides would also accompany tourists if they want to visit other parts of the country. “Hence, during the training, knowledge on important tourist spots in other parts of the country will also be provided,” he said.


afzal said...

to Dr.Sandip,
Respected sir, I m Dr. rukhsar Ahmad from china belong with india agra.I have good command in chinese language and also have intermediate certificate in chinese language.i want to be a lingual guide in Delhi for commonwealth game 2010.Being an Indian I m well known with indian culture and monument.Is there any chance for me? kindly reply me.
dr. Rukhsar Ahmad e-mail

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