Worst Tourists

ysabel

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#1
Apparently, we make the top of the list. :lol: It's because we speak little English, come off as arrogant and we don't spend a lot (bad tourist customers).

Ah, there's a consolation. We come in 3rd as best dressed tourists.

French tourists seen as world's worst: survey
Thu Jul 9, 2009 11:06am BST

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world.

They finish in last place in the survey carried out for internet travel agency Expedia by polling company TNS Infratest, which said French holidaymakers don't speak local languages and are seen as impolite.
"It's mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they're abroad, and they don't speak much of the local language," Expedia Marketing Director Timothee de Roux told radio station France Info.

"The French don't go abroad very much. We're lucky enough to have a country which is magnificent in terms of its landscape and culture," he said, adding that 90 per cent of French people did their traveling at home.

"So when they're on holiday they can be a bit stressed, they're not used to things, and this can lead them to be demanding in a way which could be seen as a certain arrogance."

French tourists are also accused of generally spending less than other nationalities when abroad.

De Roux said the French, not accustomed to leaving large tips at home where a service charge is automatically levied on restaurant bills, can seem "tight-fisted" compared with other nationalities.

The Japanese ranked top of the Best Tourist survey, with the British and the Germans judged the best of the Europeans.

But French tourists received some consolation for their poor performance, finishing third after the Italians and British for dress sense while on holiday. Americans fall to the bottom of that list.
I wish I can get a link to the entire survey. In other articles, they state that Americans are generous and more willing to absorb local culture. However they're also considered to be noisy tourists (I agree, btw because it's often what I observe here), along with the Italians and British.

So in your area, do you have some "generalisation" as to which groups of people make the worst tourists (be it local or international)?
 

Bjarki

Registered Member
#2
Well, the Dutch aren't popular either.. they say we're noisy, don't have our kids under control (that's true :shake:), act rude, don't spend much, show no respect, etc. etc.

And we like to walk around with a bare chest.. and us males have no sense for fashion..



They say English, American, Chinese and Germans also have a somewhat bad rep. But they can in no way compare to the Russians: rude, noisy, drunk.


I don't have much experience with tourists myself. The Germans come here more often and they behave well. The Polish people who work here also behave really well in their spare time (apart from a drunken dude every now and then :)).
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#3
Locally, when I'm outside the region the Parisian visitors are often known for the bad driving habits. Each time there's a bad driver, they look at the plate and say "ah les parisiens!" (it must be true, haha).
 
#4
To be fair, you frenchies do have a decent reason to be bad tourists seeing as you don't venture out much. Americans are a strange one for me, 'cos I can see how they'd be seen as both bad aand good. I've always heard that the British have very bad rep in europe, especially beachy places that students go on holiday.
 

ysabel

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#5
To be fair, you frenchies do have a decent reason to be bad tourists seeing as you don't venture out much. Americans are a strange one for me, 'cos I can see how they'd be seen as both bad aand good. I've always heard that the British have very bad rep in europe, especially beachy places that students go on holiday.

The Brits ranked 2nd globally as best tourists. However, I think it was at the bottom list in the ranking made by fellow Europeans for being the "worst behaved". Maybe you should just travel outside Europe, haha.
 

Merc

Certified Shitlord
V.I.P.
#6
My father, a very well and world traveled man, said the worst place he ever visited in terms of hospitality and kindness was France. Arrogance and rudeness was all he received. Obviously that's not all of France, but it was his four day experience there.

I can't say I've met a French tourist but coming off of what I've heard, I can't feel too surprised.
 

Bjarki

Registered Member
#7
To be fair, you frenchies do have a decent reason to be bad tourists seeing as you don't venture out much. Americans are a strange one for me, 'cos I can see how they'd be seen as both bad aand good. I've always heard that the British have very bad rep in europe, especially beachy places that students go on holiday.
A lot depends on the location, that's true.
The study said Dutch tourists are generally interested in local culture. I can see that being true for destinations outside Europe or not so common ones inside Europe, but the average Dutch family that visits the beaches of France and Spain is generally only interested in sun, beer and titties :shake:
 
#8
People from the North who come to the South and bitch about how we do things down here.


Seriously, you came here. So don't come to my restaurant and start complaining about how everything is done better up North. No one gives a flying fuck about how it is done "up nawth"
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#9
My father, a very well and world traveled man, said the worst place he ever visited in terms of hospitality and kindness was France. Arrogance and rudeness was all he received. Obviously that's not all of France, but it was his four day experience there.

I can't say I've met a French tourist but coming off of what I've heard, I can't feel too surprised.
But he's meeting the French with him as the tourist, not them. It does raise an interesting question because now I wonder if best tourists automatically make best hosts too (and worst tourists make worst hosts). :hmm:
 

Impact

Registered Member
V.I.P.
#10
There's a tourist spot about and hour from where I live, so we get heaps of tourists come through my town. The worse ones in terms of annoyance would be the Japanese. They takes hundreds of pictures of everything, and even ask to take photos with you (creepy). They do spend quite a lot of money though so they're not bad in that way.

A couple months back we had a cruise ship come in with a lot of Americans on it. I didn't see or hear for myself, but a lot of people who talked to them said all the did was complain.
 
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