Travel professionals must learn Chinese
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Speaking at ITM-Goa last week, former chairman of Thomas Cook-India, Pradip Madhavji, urged India’s tourism professionals to begin learning Chinese. As China grows, its middle class are beginning to travel more and more and India needs to become a friendly and navigable destination for the Chinese tourist if the sector is to take a share in the emerging market. Madhavj said that hordes of Chinese tourists would soon outnumber the tourist community globally and that Indians should gear up for the opportunity. Meanwhile IANS reports that with control on foreign travel gradually being eased in China, the WTO expects the country to have nearly 100 million outbound tourists traversing the globe by 2020.