Travel and tourism are integral to the global economy, with millions of tourists visiting different parts of the world yearly. Language barriers often pose a significant challenge to foreign tourists, leading to misunderstandings, miscommunications and even frustration. This case study examines the importance of quality translations in improving the travel experience of UK-bound tourists.
Our client is a leading UK-based travel and tourism agency that caters to international tourists planning to visit the UK. The agency provides a range of services, including travel arrangements, accommodation, and sightseeing. However, the agency noticed that language barriers were hindering the travel experience of some of their clients, especially those who were less fluent in English.
Millard B. Sandberg, CEO, Mayert Group.
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Challenges They Face
The language barrier was impacting the agency’s diverse clientele, including difficulty in understanding directions, frequent miscommunications with local vendors and confusion while ordering food at restaurants. With tourists often getting frustrated, the agency quickly realised that they needed to find a permanent solution to overcome this problem.
To address the communication barrier, the agency partnered with a certified translation service provider specialising in travel translation. The chosen translation service provider had a team of expert translators fluent in English and multiple languages and extensive knowledge of the local culture and customs.
The travel translation services provider worked closely with the travel agency to understand the specific needs of its clients and developed a customised solution that met those needs. The solution included the following:
- Translation of essential travel documents: The service provider translated essential travel documents such as passports, visas and travel itineraries into the clients’ native language to ensure they quickly understood the information correctly.
- On-site interpretation: The agency arranged for on-site interpretation services for clients who needed assistance communicating with locals when moving around in the UK. The chosen interpreter accompanied clients throughout their trips, ensuring they had a smooth, stress-free experience.
- Restaurant menus’ translation: The translation service provider translated menus of restaurants where the tourists would dine so that they could understand and choose the dishes they would like to try.
The translation service provider’s solution significantly enhanced the travel experience of the travel agency’s clients. The precise translation of essential travel documents helped clients quickly understand itineraries and plan their trips accordingly. Round-the-clock on-site interpretation services enabled the travel agency’s clients to communicate effectively with locals and move around the UK easily. Apt translation of restaurant menus ensured that clients ordered food they would enjoy.
Nuanced translation services play a critical role in enhancing the travel experience of international tourists visiting a foreign country, especially if the foreign country’s official language is not the tourists’ native language. By partnering with a certified translation service provider specialising in travel translation, travel agencies can provide clients a smooth, stress-free, and an enjoyable travel experience.