Surprisingly enough Americans are second, and the Swiss ("quiet and considerate") are third!
The worst tourist rankings are:
Britons were judged to be the fifth worst tourists because of rude behavior, noise and a miserly attitude to tipping.
Americans were the worst dressed (followed by the British).
Germans are the least generous.
Americans are the biggest spenders.
OzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2799 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5456 times:
Hmmm... Doesn't state what the criteria are; it's difficult to argue when you don't know the argument.
Paris has many times more tourists than any other destination on the planet. I live here and I travel frequently, so I know something about tourists, seeing hundreds daily.
Americans: loudest, worst dressed, 'largest' and most likely to make vacuous comments (hard but true); However, they tend to tip in Europe, even when it's not expected. What's more, the ones who come to France these days are no longer of the redneck variety, as FoxNews has told them that would be un-American, and are at least open and interested. There are also some (rare) well dressed, hidden, French-speaking Americans who blend in and are not easily detected.
Germans: Handle their vacations abroad like military operations; dress like Americans, but with more pockets and in more subdued colours. Knowledgeable and deeply committed to hunting down culture.
Brits: wide variety; Gentlemen and Women, down to irredeemable yobs.
Australians; seem to outnumber the Americans these days. Quieter and less easily identified (except during major sporting events).
Japanese: Ubiquitous, polite, get around in 'platoons', middle aged ones usually dressed in 1950's American 'vacation gear'. Other sort: super cool, trendy couples and singles.
Russians: Nouveau riche; boozy, installed in hip louges and bars; sometimes rednecks.
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
I second that! Point is, most chinese simplay don't knwo how to behave on an airplane and give a shit about the crew onboard and the authorities on the ground! Most of the chinese I experienced are rude, impolite and selfish! .. they simpla lack experience in many fields, mostly travel attitude and obeyance of staff and authorities!
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5323 times:
Why were the French the #1 worst tourists?
Are they pissed off that people outside of France don't speak French? Or are they pissed off that no one can understand their crappy English? Or are they pissed off at all the "No Smoking" signs found outside of France? Or are they just generally pissed off?
Boeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5255 times:
Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 3): Americans: loudest, worst dressed, 'largest' and most likely to make vacuous comments (hard but true); However, they tend to tip in Europe, even when it's not expected. What's more, the ones who come to France these days are no longer of the redneck variety, as FoxNews has told them that would be un-American, and are at least open and interested. There are also some (rare) well dressed, hidden, French-speaking Americans who blend in and are not easily detected.
Actually, while there are idiots who pound on France for the sake of showing how "American" they are...the advice to avoid France (namely Paris, not the rest of France) and it's group of snobbish, arrogant, judgemental, people is not without some merit.
Being in Chicago, we get all sorts of foreign tourists...the idea is to be as weloming and accomidating as possible. They are in a new situation that they are not used to...with different customs. Besides, a healthy tourist industry is a huge plus. We try to reduced the spoiled, whiney, bitching.
People, Europe is NOT Paris. There are so many undiscovered tourist destinations other than Paris...with a much more courteous and professional population as well.
It's a continent rich in culture and history...so spend your hard earned money elsewhere rather than Paris.
That said though...
Quoting LH526 (Reply 5): Can't say that! I met french tourists who are the exact copy of Mr Hulot in Jacques Tatis marvelous film. Nice, interesting and polite people with a keen interest in foreign cultures.
I'm a little surprised by the ranking. I expected the list to be dominated by Anglo-Saxon countries...the UK, Australia, US, etc. But at least it proves that we're not that bad. Perhaps the ones who occupy the top spot should take that into note.
AerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7619 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5247 times:
If I was to make a list of nationalities using negative aspects of difficult airline passengers based on my experiences dealing with them at the airport it would be as follows
1) Israel very demanding, abrupt, Gets nasty when things don't go their way, often they can play the race/religion card
2) China (DRC) Loud, intrusive also demanding without ever using courtesies, and can have tendency to ignore any gate announcements (even in Cantonese/Mandarin )etc. Also, although not an issue for me, they don't always like dealing with Female staff.
3) India Each check in has the potential to be very wearing due to incessant bartering/haggling/arguing over excess luggage/seat requests/boarding times. Good at wasting lots of time and building up the check in queues. Everything has a negotiable price. Also whenever the flights are full, and seat assignments/excess enforced - relatives tend to start dying in India. Strangely in the slow season the relatives stop dying and all is fine again.
A request that cannot be accommodated often ends up a demand, on pain of an ultimatum. This in particular .is a feature of the middle aged of these nations. Strangely though while the others are harsh, the Americans show vulnerability in the way they give reasons for their demands that is unique ("But I'm claustrophobic, and my knee and hip are replaced "). They can give you their entire medical and personal histories to gain sympathy and hopefully their request without feeling self conscious. Very emotional too, although crocodile tears often.
However I do wish to specify that I have had the worst kind of passengers from most of the passports I see frequently. It depends on individuals. You will notice that all countries on my list are the economic/military superpowers. I certainly think that is a contributing factor while overseas.
The Japanese are the easiest to deal with, Any meal and seat requests/air points upgrades are arranged in advance, and the luggage is rarely overweight. When things don't go their way they tend not to argue.
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5214 times:
Here in Southern-France many hotel and restaurant owners love the Belgians as clients- they rarely complain,are good spenders in restaurants,behave quite nicely and speak many languages.
Dutch tourist are not much liked -they bring everything with them ( ..invade the place with caravans.),don't spend a lot of money and tend to live in Dutch ghettos"
Scandinavians are also quite appreciated (except in Greece where they tend to booze until they drop dead..)
American tourists are different depending the regions - if you encounter them in typical ,high density tourist spots ,you tend to meet the more stereotype negative sort -once you go in the "Hinterland" and less trendy places,the type of clientéle changes.
It is very unlikely to meet unpleasant tourists in difficult to reach places,because you filter the type of customers you attract.If you go to Tamarasset in the Hoggar (Central Algeria ) the type of tourists you meet is neccessaily different than the ones on Palma beach...
LHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 44
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5198 times:
The Australians, in my experience, are the most arrogant. If you're hosting, they love to sit you down and tell you everything that's wrong with your country, contrasting it with the paradise from which they hail.
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5155 times:
Quoting Travelin man (Thread starter): Britons were judged to be the fifth worst tourists because of rude behavior, noise and a miserly attitude to tipping.
Always a misunderstanding about the British, the tipping thing. It's nothing to do with miserliness, it's because the British absolutely hate the way tipping emphasises the real service/customer relationship, and the difference in status between the two. That's why (and everyone observes this) you always get a please and thank you, as if the server is doing you a favour, rather than doing it for money, and why in pubs you never tip, but you do buy the landlord a drink (same thing, but the pretence is that he's a mate, and you're really equal, sharing in a round). The British, and more specifically the English, will do anything to avoid confronting and recognising this fact. When they go abroad, where people are less self-conscious about it, and view the server/customer thing as just natural and normal, they are forced to confront the very thing they hate above all else, and they feel deeply, horribly uncomfortable about it, and try to avoid it altogether. Lump the whole lot into a "service charge" that they don't have to to think about and explicitly acknowledge, and the Brits will love you forever as they don't have to confront their social ineptitude, make them pay a tip, and they'll squirm with embarrassment.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Mdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4139 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5136 times:
Quoting Jaysit (Reply 10): According to the Times of India, Indian tourists were described as "loud, untidy and miserly."
I can see that.
I agree. I see it all the time on any flight bound for India.
Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 14): 3) India Each check in has the potential to be very wearing due to incessant bartering/haggling/arguing over excess luggage/seat requests/boarding times. Good at wasting lots of time and building up the check in queues. Everything has a negotiable price. Also whenever the flights are full, and seat assignments/excess enforced - relatives tend to start dying in India. Strangely in the slow season the relatives stop dying and all is fine again.
There's been many times on visits to India where I sometimes feel really embarassed to be Indian, especially when I see a poor FA hassled like no other.
Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 21): Hey, that kind of describes the indians in the USA. Miserly, i can definetely say a yes to. Indians are the cheapest people on the planet.
Only upped by the Chinese, IMHO.
In the end regarding tourists, there's always such a range. For example, me and my family are the opposite of stereotypical Indian travellers (maybe from the fact that my parents have lived in the US longer than India), and for every loud mouth American, there are the quiet and respectful ones. The problem is that it's always the latter (of any nationality) that nobody ever remembers.
"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
no doubt, althought jewish people are up there, but i think theyre just extremely frugal and careful about how they spend, Indians are just miserly who will try to save up by not buying soda for their kids at Fast food restaurants, take my word for it.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
Dc10s2hnl From New Zealand, joined Aug 2006, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5132 times:
As someone who works in the hospitality industry, one surprising nationality of people that seems to be a pain in the butt most of the time are the Israelis. Rude, stingy, angry, always complaining about everything... Whenever there's a big group of 'em in town and I make call-arounds to other hotels in the area and ask if they're lucky enough to have loads of Israelis like us, usually there is a universal weary sigh in the affirmative.
I don't know how skewed these rankings are by just interviewing hotel people... Japanese tourists tend to be "nice and tidy", but hell, try and go see things in Europe or Hawai'i, you're liable to be nearly pushed into the street or river by 'em! I've had numerous experiences of literally being shoved out of the way by pushy Japanese tourists eager to take a picture.
: I realized something, their easy access to technology means, japanese people just have to shove out their cell phone cameras and digital cameras to t
: Japanese are nice, clean and tidy whatsoever but they have some of the strangest traveling habits ever...All their holidays, from leaving home to ret
: You need to meet some Indians that are not miserly. I don't think one can generalise on countrymen,its about an Individual. regds MEL
: Yeah i know what u mean, my uncle in India who is in so called upper level society says that he knows people who spend thousands on drinks ever month
: I don't know about the Dutch and Italians, but (with respect to the particular foreign members here of Anet nation) some of the French and Germans ne
: Already Martin Luther said: "Warum ruelpsed und furzed Ihr nicht? Hat Euch das Essen denn nicht geschmacket?" (In old German: "Why are you not burpin
: Amen to that. Since when are ahtletic jerseys considered "OK" to wear when not participating in a sporting event? Cheers Mats
: We cant help it, its our natural body odor.
: Are you sure? I had friends who absolutely had no smell at all as well as those we couldn't get close... What does this "odor" depend on? Region you