Tourist Info Kiosk launched at BIA


By Steve A. Morrell

A Tourist Information Kiosk, TIK, was launched at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday by Minister of Civil Aviation Services Priyankara Jayaratne. Parliamentarian Dr. Sudharshini Fernandopulle was the Guest of Honour.

Managing Director of the Tourism Promotion Bureau Rumi Jauffer said Tourists could view information at the Kiosk at the touch of a button. Authentic information would inform tourist of available ancillary services on transport, hotels, shopping, culture, beaches other interest sections that give visitors sufficient knowledge of such interest sections rather than depend on unauthorized touts, who invariably rip-off unsuspecting visitors.

Information at the kiosk could be accessed in eight languages — English, German, Japanese, Dutch, Chinese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Italian. He said French would also be added shortly. Asked why it was not included in this initial stage, he said they had a problem verifying applicable text and grammar. This would be effectively done and French too would be added to the list. They would also add on Tamil and Sinhala. Subject to further demand other languages would be added.

TIK will be located at all star class hotels, business centers, shopping malls, casinos, restaurants and locations of interest frequented by tourists.

He said business houses are encouraged to list their companies in the TIK directory that would gain exposure to an expected number of one million tourist arrivals who could access such businesses from the comfort of their hotel rooms and be part of their tour itinerary.

Also present at the launch was Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services, Col. Prasnna Wickramasuriya.

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