French tourist guides in high demand
Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 21:34
Myanmar has witnessed an increasing number of French tourists visiting the country, leading to a growing demand for more French-speaking tourist guides.
About 160,000 tourists from Western Europe visited Myanmar last year. Among them, French tourists represent the largest number with a record of over 35,000 entering the country. Industry experts have expected the trend to continue this year.
“These days many more French tourists come, compared to the previous year…Some French tourists understand English language a little but French-speaking tourist guides are preferred,” said Zaw Win Cho, chairperson of Myanmar Tourist Guides Association.
There are more than 3000 tourist guides in Myanmar, with 277 of them speaking French, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
On the table of the number of tourists to Myanmar, Thailand stands the top followed by China and Japan.