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City expands tourist aid program

Tourists in Busan are expected to have a bigger helping hand as the city has expanded its "Mobile Tourist Guides" program. 

First launched as a trial in June at Gimhae International Airport arrivals terminal, the service will send guides 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to major tourism spots in Busan, including Nampo and Haeundae. Guides will be easy to spot from their name tags and easy to understand for foreign tourists, with guides expected to be available in English, Chinese and Japanese and potentially more languages.

Tourist assistants are expected to ease inconveniences suffered by foreign tourists who want to explore but are either too shy or unable to figure out what to do because of language limitations. 

An initial group of 10 guides (four English, three Chinese, three Ja-panese) will be placed at BIFF Square, Haeundae Market and Beach and other locations with tourists.

Volunteer guides are expected to be added during the busier travel seasons in spring, fall and during the annual fireworks festival at the end of October.