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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Japan Rolls Out Tourist Hotlines

Above, Tokyo DisneySea. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan is coming up with more things that will help to break the language barrier between foreign visitors and tourist services.

Fox News reported:
When traveling abroad, the language barrier can be pretty hard to get break through.  
Now, Japanese towns are rolling out multilingual hotlines to help tourists as the country sees a surge in foreign visitors. 
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, about 1.82 million international visitors came to the country in August—a 64 percent increase from the same time last year. 
The hotlines are run by different companies—some offer up to 13 different languages, included Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indonesian. Some can be access via staff that interface frequently with foreign visitors, such as people who work in hotels, car rental companies or restaurants, but some allow tourists to call in directly.
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