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TOURISM

by Lee Griffiths
How accurate is your tourist information centre?

Without doubt, tourism is big business and the means to lure people to a destination tourist spot is like a ace of spades in a pack of ordinary playing cards. However, joking aside, it's a serious thing peddling a city, town, country or that other attractive must go and see spot, to you and me.
In a series of investigations, Dependent carried out a number of interviews with tourist city information centres around the country. In part one we challenge these centres to a more average, matter of fact question and answer routine. Part one comes from Hull. See what you think!

     Tourist Information Centre No.1

Reporter: Hello.
  Tourist information centre (TIC): Hello, can I help?
Reporter: Yes, I am interested in visiting your city but have a few questions before I make my decision. Is that OK?
  TIC: Yes, that's fine.
Reporter: Do you have sufficient bins for rubbish as I hope the place is clean?
  TIC: Yes, Hull is very clean. There are sufficient bins.
Reporter: Do you have a Poundstretcher?
  TIC: No
Reporter: How many petrol stations are there?
  TIC: There are a sufficient amount. None in the town centre.
Reporter: Does the BP power station pose any health and safety threat?
  TIC: Not, not at all. Its too far out. It doesn't really worry people.


 
Tourist Information Centre No.2

 
Reporter: Hello
  TIC: Hello, how can I help you?
Reporter; I am thinking of coming to Hull, but I would like to make some enquiries before I decide Is that OK?
  TIC: Yes, that's fine.
Reporter: Do you have sufficient rubbish bins in the city?
  TIC: I would have thought so.
Reporter: Do you have a Poundstretcher?
  TIC: Yes (enquiries to a colleague as to where it is). We have one on Whitefriargate.
Reporter: How many petrol stations are there?
  TIC: I don't know (Goes to get the yellow pages). Do you want all of them or just those in the city centre?
Reporter: City centre please.
  TIC: (Counts them). Well there's 21.
Reporter: Does the Power Station pose a threat in any way?
  TIC; Its quite a way out of town (gets a map). It looks on here as if its at least 5 or 6 miles away. It seems further away than it actually is. People travel from all over you see.

 



 

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