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While it’s important to be adequately but not necessarily absolutely prepared before a trip, travel agents help create the tight or loose itinerary that you aim for. In addition to your travel agent, you have another useful tool who sometimes goes unnoticed- your concierge.
A concierge is more than one who handles reservations, room complaints, and room service.
A concierge is important for several moments of a trip, from reservation confirmations for various activities, to dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s to any other part of your trip.
And the native tongue is not English, a concierge will come in handy in a few ways. Concierges, especially in tourist areas, are typically bi-lingual, or even multi-lingual to excellently accommodate tourists.
Typically being local residents, concierges are knowledgeable of the sights, so they are great people to talk to for local suggestions (like where to find authentic restaurants), and they’ll even offer up great advice on the best days to visit museums, landmarks, and what kinds of places and streets to avoid, aka tourist traps.
If you have important dietary restrictions, language barriers may complicate orders, so talk to your concierge to confirm these restrictions with restaurant owners, etc.
Makes guest reservations for air or other forms of transportation when requested. Obtains necessary itinerary and tickets.
A concierge will make theater reservations, and reservations for other forms of entertainment in that respect. They will also obtain tickets and provide directions if requested.
So the next time you’re on a trip, and you feel like the plans are too much to bear, remember that the concierge is there to assist!