ITDC offers cab drivers language training as part of India's G20 presidency.

Taxi drivers are being taught in French and German languages to deal with foreign visitors . The aim of the program is to make them feel more comfortable interacting with foreign tourists as well as domestic tourists .

New Delhi (India), December 9, 2015: As India prepares to welcome many celebrities during its G20 presidency, the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) is implementing a course to prepare cab drivers who will ferry the visitors to events in English.The aim of the program, according to Harsh Bhutani, is to make them feel more comfortable interacting with foreign tourists as well as domestic tourists.We were instructed to train the taxi drivers not only in behavioural skills, first-aid, and post-Covid precautions, but also in foreign languages ahead of the G20 summit in India, he said.He said that foreign applicants have been responding well and that they are becoming more confident in dealing with foreign visitors.Aside from that, we are educating them in French and German and will also teach them in other languages.We have trained over 300 taxi drivers so far, out of whom over half are female.

The instructors, who are also learning, were all pleased with the course.Since taking the course, they said they are more able to work with foreign visitors.Some said the course has helped them to understand the sphere of tourism.One cab driver said, I am feeling more confident when I used German words with German tourists, and it has helped me.

In my opinion, everyone should learn at least one foreign language.It would also enable them to enter the global labour market, she said.

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