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  3. Staying At A Hotel
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  4. Staying At AirBnB Accommodation
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  5. Talking To Locals
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  6. Sightseeing
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  7. Taking Care Of The Essentials
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  8. Food and Drink
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Lesson 5, Topic 3
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Tourist Information

Gemma November 20, 2019
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Need some help deciding what to do and where to go during your visit? No problem! That’s what Tourist Information is for.

When you go on holiday, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to go and what to do. Tourist Information is a fantastic place to get some ideas! They have up-to-date information about local attractions, tours, places of interest, maps and useful guides to help you get the most out of your visit.

You can usually find a Tourist Information kiosk at the airport when you arrive. Just follow the signs for ‘Tourist Information’.

In cities, Tourist Information is always in the city centre for your convenience. You can ask your hotel receptionist where to find it, or use a map on your phone. Now that you know how to ask for directions, you could even ask a local how to get to Tourist Information!

You can ask Tourist Information for advice and recommendations using the same phrases you have just used for asking a local.

Be careful! There is a difference between ‘advice’ and ‘advise’. ‘Advice’ is a noun. For example, ‘He doesn’t listen to my advice.’  ‘Advise’ is a verb.  For example, ‘I advise him to listen to me.’

Usually, Tourist Information can give you some detailed guidance and make recommendations that fit into your plans. For example, maybe you want to go on a bus tour, but you only have two hours before you have to be somewhere else. Tourist Information should be able to recommend a particular bus tour that will suit your needs.

Need some handy phrases to help you ask Tourist Information for what you want? We’ve got you covered:

I’m interested in…

Could you recommend…?

I’m looking for…

I’d like to see…

I want to go to…

How can I get to…?

Do you have a map?

Look at these dialogues to see how Tourist Information can help you.

Dialogue 1:

A: Good afternoon. Can I help you?

B: Good aternoon. Yes, I’ve just arrived and I’m looking for some recommendations. I don’t know where to start. There’s so much to do! Could you recommend something?

A: You’re right. There’s a lot to do! Have you visited this city before?

B: No, this is my first time.

A: In that case, I’d recommend a bus tour. You can relax and get to know the city a little. The ticket is valid all day so you can use it to get around the city too.

B: That sounds like a great idea!

Dialogue 2:

A: Hello. Can I help you?

B: Yes, thank you. I’m very interested in the history of the city. Could you recommend somewhere I might enjoy?

A: If it’s history you’re interested in, you should visit the castle. It’s beautiful and there is a lot to learn. It’s open all day so you have plenty of time to visit.

B: That sounds perfect. How do I get there?

A: Take the number twenty-two bus to Castle Hill. There’s a bus stop just outside this building.

B: Thank you

Dialogue 3:

A: Good afternoon. Can I help you with anything?

B: Ah yes! I want to visit the National Gallery. How can I get there?

A: It’s not far away. You can walk there in just ten minutes. Turn left when you leave this building, and walk straight along the road. You’ll see the National Gallery on the right.

B: Thank you. Do you have a map? I need to get back to my hotel later and I worry I’ll get lost!

Top Tip: You can often find lots of brochures at Tourist Information. These provide you with all of the information you need for different attractions. These are great for inspiration and they’re free! If you’re not sure which activity or attraction to choose, take a few brochures. You can compare them later and decide which to see when you have more time.

Now you know how to use Tourist Information. Let’s get some recommendations!