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Wikitravel:Activity listings

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Activity listings should be of the form below:

  • Name of Activity (alternate name if necessary), Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact information if possible), [1], Days and times open. One to three sentences describing the activity. $lowprice-highprice (extra price info).

Here's the wiki markup:

*'''Name of Activity''' (''alternate name if necessary''), Address (''extra directions if necessary''), phone number (''email'', fax, ''other contact information if possible''), [http://www.activity.example.com/], Days and times open. One to three sentences describing the activity. $lowprice-highprice (''extra price info'').

Here's an example from London/South Bank:

  • Shakespeare's Globe (The Globe Theatre), 21 New Globe Walk (along the south embankment), +44 (0)20 7401 9919 (info@shakespearesglobe.com, fax: +44 (0)20 7902 1475), [2], October-April: 10AM-5PM daily, May-September 9AM-5PM daily. Sam Wanamaker's largely authentic reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, built using traditional techniques, stages plays in the Summer months. Around the year, there is an exhibition ending with either a tour of the theatre itself (in winter, and mornings in the summer), or a virtual tour (summer afternoons). Tickets for plays are often available on the day, particularly if you are prepared to stand in the yard. Tickets: £15-32 (£5 standing-only tickets available).


Some notes:

  • Addresses should just be the street and number, not a full postal address.
  • If the city is different (for example, in a suburb), add that, too.
  • Phone numbers should be in international format with the non-local calling part in italics (like "+1 514 555-1000" or, for areas with 10 digit dialing: "+1 514-555-1000").
  • Days should be abbreviated (M Tu W Th F Sa Su), times should be AM and PM.
  • Prices should be in the local currency.
  • URLs should point to the official Web site for the activity or host, and should conform to Wikitravel guidelines for external links. If there's no official Web site, just leave that part out.

<do> tag

You can also format activity listings using the <do> tag, which makes it easy to ensure that formatting is perfect.

* <do name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""></do>
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name 
The name of the place. Don't include the city name unless it's needed for clarity.
alt 
If the place has a significantly different name in the local language, add it here. Non-Latin scripts like Japanese, Devanagari, Cyrillic etc can be used.
address 
Street and number of the place, plus district if applicable. No postcode, and don't repeat the city name.
directions 
Additional directions for how to find the place (if necessary).
phone 
Direct telephone number of the place.
e-mail 
E-mail address of the place.
fax 
Fax number of the place.
price 
The price of admission, or one turn at the activity.
url 
Link to the activity operator's official website. Include the http://.
description 
One to three sentences describing the activity.

All fields above are optional. If you don't know some information, just leave in the empty field, so somebody else can fill it up later.

Example

This listing:

* <do name="Tri-Star Pilot Service Tours" alt="" address="5700 S Cicero Ave"
directions="" phone="+1 773 229-1091" email="" fax="" hours="By appointment, tours last at least 45 minutes"
price="$125/couple, $160/three adults" url="">[[Chicago skyline guide|Chicago's skyline]] is impressive
from wherever you are standing, but perhaps it is best enjoyed while swooping through it. If you are
in the mood for an adventurous tour of Chicago, call Jerry Smith to arrange a flight tour of the city in his
single-engine Cessna. It is probably best to book for a nighttime tour, as the city lights will present you
breathtaking views.</do>

Shows up like this:

  • Tri-Star Pilot Service Tours, 5700 S Cicero Ave, +1 773 229-1091. By appointment, tours last at least 45 minutes. Chicago's skyline is impressive from wherever you are standing, but perhaps it is best enjoyed while swooping through it. If you are in the mood for an adventurous tour of Chicago, call Jerry Smith to arrange a flight tour of the city in his single-engine Cessna. It is probably best to book for a nighttime tour, as the city lights will present you with breathtaking views. $125/couple, $160/three adults.

Listing subdivisions and order

Seriously, San Francisco, segway polo?

For long lists, creating subdivisions by activity type (tours, events, etc.) or location can make listings more manageable for users. Within each subdivision, when no other standard of ordering listings is used, alphabetical order should be the norm. If another standard is used, it should be clearly stated so any new listing can be added to the appropriate place.

Tour listings

Tours can be listed on Wikitravel as long as they constitute a value-added activity. If a traveler could fulfill the substance of the tour on their own, the tour should not be listed.

Here are a few guidelines to assist determining whether a tour should be listed in our guides:

  1. The operator must have a "real world" office with a phone number and address where the tour is operated.
  2. Tours should offer something as a supplement, rather than a replacement for Wikitravel guides. They should count as an activity available at a destination (e.g., a helicopter tour of a city, or a camel expedition into the Sahara).
  3. If the tour operator is providing a booking service or general travel planning then it should not be listed.
  4. Do not list resellers of tours, only list the actual tour operators.
  5. Always list tour operators if they are requisite to visit a certain area. Examples include tours required by law (e.g., Panmunjeom) and tours required due to exceptional danger (e.g., war zones and extreme environments such as the Amazon, Antarctica, Space, etc).

In practice this policy disallows listing most audio tours, walking tours, and guided tours since the substance of such tours can generally be fulfilled by an independent traveler, and the information provided on such tours should ideally be included in the appropriate Wikitravel article. If you have a question about whether a tour can be listed, or feel that an exception is warranted, please use the talk page of the appropriate article to discuss your concerns.

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