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August 14, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Booking.com reveals top 10 most sought-after phrases travellers say they’d benefit from knowing in local translation during the first day of their trip

  •  “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” one of the top phrases travellers want to be able to use in the language of the destination they’re visiting
  • com assists travellers by translating the top 10 phrases into some of the most popular languages 

Embracing holidays for what they typically stand for – switching off, relaxation and seeing the sights – doesn’t appear to be the case for many travellers. When Booking.com questioned over 18,000 people worldwide on what were the top phrases they’d want to know immediately in the language of the country they’re visiting, results revealed that we’re holiday internet addicts, with “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” one of the most popular. 

The top 10 phrases most in demand are:

  1. “What’s the best way to get into town / the city centre?” (46%)
  2. “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” (43%)
  3. “What time is breakfast?” (41%)
  4. “Where can I get the best meal?” (40%)
  5. “Where’s the toilet?” (25%)
  6. “Take me somewhere awesome” (22%)
  7. “I need coffee” (21%)
  8. “I can’t remember my room number” (11%)
  9. “Can I request an early check in?” (11%)
  10. “Where’s the closest pharmacy?” (10%)

When looking at gender preferences, we’re a predictable bunch, with women far more likely than men to want to know where the toilet is (29% of women to 21% of men), yet men are more keen to know what time the bar opens (13% of men versus 7% of women)!

Empowering people to experience the world, Booking.com has translated the top phrases into some key languages, to ensure travellers can successfully get their caffeine fix, find something great to eat and stay connected from the moment they arrive.


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