Bratislava, July 31 (TASR) – Domestic as well as foreign tourists will find it easier to get around the Slovak capital Bratislava thanks to a newly opened information booth on Hviezdoslav Square in the Old Town centre, TASR learnt from the city’s tourist organisation the Bratislava Tourist Board (BTB) on Monday.
BTB has provided the booth in cooperation with Bratislava’s Old Town borough.
The new information booth, which is open daily between 10.00 a.m.-6.30 p.m., provides tourists with information about the capital in nine languages. While an employee in the booth is able to communicate with tourists in the Slovak, English and German languages, leaflets, maps and various brochures are available also in French, Hungarian, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.
“We’re responding to demand, as most visitors come from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, England, the USA, Italy, Spain and Russia. Also from Hungary, which is our neighbouring country, and increasing numbers of tourists are coming from China as well,” said BTB spokesman Maros Plitko.
Furthermore, as part of the Smart&Green solutions, the new information booth also features tablets with internet connections. “Its task is to show visitors how to download the free offline Bratislava City app. Thanks to this, tourists have all the information, tips for trips and a map with them without needing an internet connection,” added Plitko.
More than 1.2 million tourists visited Bratislava in 2016, representing a 15-percent hike when compared to 2015. In the first quarter of 2017 the city recorded another hike of 5 percent.Partly due to such increases, the capital decided to open a new information centre on Hviezdoslav Square, the eighth such centre in Bratislava.