Tourism is an act of temporary movement of people to different destination outside their usual environment to another environment for leisure, business or other purposes for usually not more than one consecutive year. It also involves spending time away from home in pursuit for recreation, fun and relaxation in order to cater for their needs.
Tourism can be done both locally and internationally. Local tourism involves being within the traveler’s country while international tourism involves being outside the traveler’s country. Tourism involves movement of the tourist to different places like zoos, national parks, cities and recreation centre for leisure and fun.
Over the world, research has it that language barriers are still a huge obstacle to people deciding to travel, 30% adults in the USA don’t travel due to language barrier. This implies that the tourism industry losses a lot of money due to language barrier thus a need for professional translation services. Tourism gets more enjoyable and interesting once the travelers get well “conversant” with the language used in the new area. Conversant comprises of quality communication through translating in the language that the traveler best understands.
Through profession translational services that equip tourists with quality information and communication, tourists are encouraged to engage in more movements in Africa and the world at large which boosts the economy continentally. With translations, tourists have no worries as they gain confidence in the respective country. This greatly strengthens and builds the tourism industry and the economy at large thus the viability and essence of translation to tourism.
Most visited places comprise of cities in South Africa like Cape Town with 1.6 million tourists and Johannesburg with over 4 million tourists in 2014 according to MasterCard rating. More places like the great migration Tanzania, Table Mountain in Cape Town, mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and Victoria falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe are also some of the most visited places in Africa and continuing to attract more people.
Though tourism is full of fun and leisure, it comes with a lot of costs like change in surroundings, behavior and language. These costs are incurred by both the local and international tourists and such costs if not taken note of more so language, the fun and leisure can turn into misery and regret for the tourists. This is because language enhances communication which is a basis for the act of tourism. Hence the need for professional translation services. Some of the language translation services provided in different African countries include;
Tourism would never have been called tourism if it were not the fun that one earns from the act of touring .This is however earned best if only quality communication through translations is prevailed thus making tourism better.