|VTO & industry operators receive Certificates. Left to right: August Daniel (Adventures in Paradise),Brenda Andre (Vanuatu Tourism Office), and Morris Tamara (Evergreen Ltd).|
By Brenda Andre, VTO Senior Information Officer: A team of 20 participants from Vanuatu departed on Monday 27th August 2012 to participate in a 50 days seminar in China funded by the People’s Republic of China Ministry of Commerce. Team Vanuatu represented various government departments and private sectors from Immigration Department, Customs and Inland Revenue, Department of Livestock and Quarantine, Translation Department, Vanuatu Tourism Office, Department of Cooperative and Rural Development, Department of Foreign Affairs, Air Vanuatu, Adventures in Paradise, Airports Vanuatu Ltd, Evergreen Ltd. The seminar targets developing countries with much recognition and support from both Chinese and Foreign governments encouraging friendship through cultural exchange between China and developing countries. The full program consisted of lectures, meetings, discussions and sightseeing. Lectures were on People’s Republic of China, Chinese Food Culture, Chinese History, and Comprehensive Chinese and Oral Chinese. In addition to the courses, the group also learned and practised speaking in basic mandarin or Chinese language, they learned how to tie the Chinese knot, do Chinese paper – cutting, Calligraphy and Tai Chi. Meetings took place in Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, and Tianjin. The group also visited top universities, companies and Government departments and sections. The group toured the Great Wall of China, the temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Hutong tour, Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding, and Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. The visits were an eye opening experience that showcased the beauty of Chinese culture and nature especially the mountains, rivers, and gardens. The main objective for participants was to learn and be able to speak basic mandarin so communication with Chinese guests, tourists, and business colleagues is made easier. The Vanuatu Tourism Office acknowledges the support of the Chinese Embassy and we look forward to maintaining ties.