An ASEAN project to train people working in the tourism sector in the Korean language was launched in Hanoi on April 25.

Jointly carried out by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the ASEAN-Korea Centre, the project aims to provide Korean training courses for tourism staff who frequently communicate with tourists from the Republic of Korea (RoK).

The project is one of the activities to promote and develop Vietnam ’s tourism. It is also expected to contribute to improving competitive capacity in the tourism sector.

The curriculum for the project focuses on basic communication skills which can be put into practice in Vietnam .

Launched firstly in Vietnam and Cambodia , the project is scheduled to expand to Laos , Myanmar , and Thailand this year and Brunei , Indonesia , Malaysia , the Philippines and Singapore in 2013.

RoK tourists to Vietnam are on the increase, with about 500,000 tourists from the country arriving in Vietnam in 2011.

Established as an intergovernmental organisation in March 2009, the ASEAN-Korea Centre aims to invigorate trade volume, investment flow and cultural exchange between ASEAN member countries and the RoK.-VNA