FM Gyawali, US Ambassador Berry open English training series

By A Staff Reporter, Kathmandu, Feb 5: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali and U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry jointly inaugurated an English language and operational skills training series for tourist police, immigration officers, and tourism officials at a ceremony here on Monday.

Speaking at the function, Ambassador Berry said, “As Nepal’s economy continues to strengthen and as it welcomes more and more international visitors, it is more important than ever that those on the front lines are able to communicate and resolve problems in English.”

Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali (center), US ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry (right) and secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Krishna Prasad Devkota, pose for a photo at the inaugural of language training series, Kathmandu, Feb 4, 2019. (Photo source: US Embassy in Nepal)

This multi-city, multi-month training program is an effort to enhance the English language skills of tourism-related officials to advance the economic growth and security goals of Nepal.

This series of trainings in four cities throughout Nepal is expected to reach around 80 immigration officers, 50 tourism officials, and 43 tourist police.

The U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office, in collaboration with Integrated Development and Transformation Nepal (IDT), will help to enhance participants’ English communication skills in their daily interactions with foreign visitors, according to a press release of the Embassy.

In 2017 and 2018, the Nepal Tourism Board reported that despite being located half way around the world from Nepal, travellers from the United States represented the third largest number of visitors to Nepal.  Last year, Nepal had more than 90,000 visitors from the United States alone, up 12,000 from the previous year.

“We expect to increase the number this year.  The current training aims to support economic growth through improving the tourism experience in Nepal.”

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