China Ready: Carol Walsh, Group Sales Executive Savoy Hotel, Fee Can, Language Consultant, Robin Rynhart, Course Director, Julie Kilmartin, Kilmartin’s Educational Center, Baoyan Cheung, University of Limerick Journalism Student and Maria O’Gorman Skelly, Director of Sales and Marketing Limerick Strand Hotel pictured at Kilmartin’s launch of their Chinese programme in honour of the ‘Get China Ready’ initiative at Kilmartin Educational Services. Pictures: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick
Kilmartin Educational Service’s now offers Mandarin course to get Limerick ‘China Ready’
Limerick Educational establishment, Kilmartin Educational Services has started offering Chinese Mandarin courses to both transition year students and staff in the hospitality sector in preparation for the onset of Chinese tourists expected in conjunction with the ‘China Ready’ programme launched last year, by Fáilte Ireland.
Kilmartin Education Services has responded to this new demand by providing Mandarin courses for students and staff to better their knowledge of the Chinese language and culture.
Course Director Robin Rynhart said, “Everyone knows China is growing and everybody knows Chinese is becoming more important with great awareness of it in Ireland.”
Ireland and China may seem like two worlds apart but as Mr. Rynhart explains, there are many similarities between both countries.
Mr. Rynhart said, “I found that both China and Ireland have dealt with poverty and the hardship of getting through a challenging period. Also, we are both having strong agricultural cultures”.
Julie Kilmartin owner of Kilmartins noted the reasoning for her choice to include Mandarin in the curriculum at her establishment.
Julie Kilmartin, owner of Kilmartins said, “Mandarin has been added to the Leaving Cert curriculum and is now an exam subject so we felt it was important that the language was addressed at the Transitional Year stage to give students the best possible learning opportunities.”
However, the courses being offered at Kilmartin Educational Services are not reserved for only students. Those working in the hospitality sector are equally encouraged to get on board and get ‘China Ready’ at Kilmartins. Limerick’s two leading hospitality institutions, The Savoy Hotel and the Limerick Strand Hotel are ready for their Chinese customers.
The Strand Hotel are ahead of the game, having completed the programme back in 2018 when the China Ready project first launched.
As part of Limerick’s ‘China Ready’ campaign, @JulieKilmartin have started offering courses in Mandarin to students & members of the hospitality sector. Last Thursday, October 3, Course Director, Robin Rhynhart & Owner, Julie Kilmartin spoke: pic.twitter.com/GqR6zAnFgZ
— #LimerickTilliDie (@ilovelimerick) October 8, 2019
Director of Sales and Marketing at the Limerick Strand Hotel, Maria O’ Gorman Skelly, said, “It is important to launch the programme for business because China is a whole new market for Ireland. And we saw the potential of the Chinese market is huge.”
Introducing the Chinese language and the Chinese business to the Irish market is going to bring a level of prestige to Limerick.
“I think we should see more and more businesses from China coming towards our region and our customers love Limerick and they love the offering from this city,”.
The ‘China Ready’ initiative aims to prepare Limerick across all aspects of life including education and hospitality. Lets get Limerick ‘China Ready’.
For more information on the ‘China Ready’ campaign click here.
For more stories on relations between China and Limerick click here.
Pictures: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick