Beginning this May, Chinese and Japanese visitors will be able to use state-of-the-art headsets by AudioConexus to listen to the complete Tillicum Village 25-minute show in either Mandarin Chinese or Japanese languages. A nominal rental fee for the headsets will be charged and the technology will be in place for guests by May 15th.
According to Kevin Clark, President and CEO for Argosy Cruises and Tillicum Village “Our goal is to help encourage our foreign visitors to better understand the Native American art, history, food and culture of our region – and what better way to do so then in their native tongue.” According to Clark, “Between Seattle’s strategic gateway location to Japan and China, and the newly released 10-year travel visa deal with China, growth in Seattle tourism from Asian markets is on the verge of exploding. We want to be ready to accommodate all of our guests.”
Jonathan Stanley, President and CEO of AudioConexus Inc, said “Argosy Cruises is redefining the quality of the storytelling experience their guests receive by providing language interpretation in Japanese and Mandarin. We are thrilled to be a part of Tillicum Village’s vision to topple language barriers in a one-of-a-kind stage performance that is truly unique and entrancing. Storytelling preserves Native American culture and tradition and we’re grateful our technology is being used to connect foreign language travelers to a deeper feeling of interconnectedness during an amazing stage show and performance.”
In 2012 Delta Airlines served just three Asian cities from Seattle, in 2015 that has jumped to six. In addition, beginning this July, Hainan Airlines will have direct routes to Seattle from Beijing. According to Visit Seattle, Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization, the Chinese market is now the fastest-growing and highest-spending tourism market in the world, with the average Chinese traveler spending $6,000 trip.
About Argosy Cruises
Argosy Cruises has been operating in the Puget Sound region since 1949 and has carried more than eight million people. Family-owned and locally operated since its inception, Argosy Cruises offers its guests public tours and private events. Argosy Cruises took over complete operations of Tillicum Village in March 2009. Tillicum Village was founded in 1962 and is the Seattle’s complete Northwest Native American experience, featuring a cruise, salmon bake and Native American storytelling and dance on a 475-acre island.