Which of the world’s leading tourist attractions offer information on their websites in the most foreign languages? Preply, a Ukraine-based developer of a language app and e-learning platform headquartered in Kyiv—it also has offices in Barcelona, Spain—recently set out to find the answer to the question and came up with a list that has some major surprises.
Well known to the U.S. travel trade and by visitors to San Francisco, where it is located, Pier 39, a collection of attractions, restaurants, specialty shops and a takeoff for short-distance cruises and water-based tours, is the surprise Number One.
Preply took 50 of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, based on their visitor numbers, and investigated how many different languages are offered on their official websites. The study found that the websites for many leading attractions offer information only in English.
The list of the Top 10 attractions, based on annual visitor numbers, who offer the largest number of language options on their official websites.
|Attraction & Rank||City||Country||Annual Visitors |
|No. of Languages|
|1. Pier 39||San Francisco||USA||8.5||109|
|2. Time Square||New York City||USA||39.2||53|
|3. Sacre Coeur||Paris||France||10.5||14|
|4. Disneyland Paris||Paris||France||11.2||10|
|5. The Strip||Las Vegas||USA||39.6||9|
|6. Disney Hong Kong||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||6.7||8|
|7. Eiffel Tower||Paris||France||7||8|
|8. Grand Central Station||New York City||USA||21.6||8|
|9. Pike Place Market||Seattle||USA||10||6|
|10. Nagashima Spa Land||Kuwana||Japan||5.8||5|
Notes on the list, as reported by Travel Daily News, include the following:
● Pier 39 in San Francisco tops the list as it offers an impressive 109 different language options on its official website. The reason why it offers so many languages is thanks to a translator plug-in‚ which is a simple piece of technology that makes the website so much more inclusive for people who speak different languages.
● New York’s Times Square comes in second with 53 languages on its website to help its 39 million annual visitors. Two French attractions take third and fourth place; the Sacre Coeur provides 14 languages on its website, and Disneyland Paris offers 10 languages to its 11 million annual visitors.
● Despite the above, twenty of the top 50 attractions on the Preply list only offer English on their websites.
Said Kirill Bigai, CEO of Preply: “In difficult times like these, it becomes even more important for businesses, including tourist attractions, to attract customers. By offering information, especially corona rules, in a number of different languages on a company’s website shows the business’ eagerness to welcome visitors.” For more information, visit www.preply.com.