Beginning in spring 2013, Gray Line New York, a New York City sightseeing company, will offer four of its most popular tours in a variety of new languages in order to accommodate their growing international customer base. The Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and Night Tours will be pre-recorded in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean, Gray Line reports. 10 million international tourists visit New York City each year,
Customers will have the option of listening to the live guide in English on their headset system or one of the alternate languages on a separate channel. This free service marks the first time that multi-lingual tours are available on double-decker buses in New York City, as it is exceptionally difficult to sustain this type of technology in such a high-traffic city, Gray Line says.
The recordings consist of tour narration, music and sound effects which mimic the street sounds of New York City, so riders will get the full experience of traveling throughout New York, Gray Lie says.
Tickets for the Downtown, Uptown, Night and Brooklyn Tours, which will all offer the foreign language options, cost $44 for adults and $34 for children.