Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

American tourists complain even more than French ones!

June 16, 2008

The last posting (below) cited a study by Expedia France which found that the French are regarded as the worst tourists not only in Europe, but even within France itself (ouch!). But never fear, American tourists did manage to get gold medals in a couple of the individual events, so to speak. For example, take the category of “Complainers” in the opinion poll. The medal goes to American tourists: 33% of the survey respondents labeled them as never satisfied, showing a strong lead over both the Germans and French (both at 12%).


American tourists are also considered as the least trendy dressers (29%), way ahead of the Chinese and Russians (both 5%). Apparently personal comfort is considered more important than projecting an impressive image. And another “honor” shared with the French: North American hotel owners name American tourists as behaving the worst, in their own country. However–and this should be very reassuring–Americans apparently put on a better attitude when traveling to Europe, where they are classified the 3rd most appreciated tourists (behind Japanese and Germans). On a world-wide scale, unfortunately, Americans only rank 11th-best.


Americans are also the most adventurous in terms of culinary experiences, as their appetite and pleasure to discover new tastes make international cooks particularly happy. All over the world hotel owners are also fond of them because they usually spend the most.


And by the way, the best tourists in the world are the Japanese: they come before Germans and Canadians for their general attitude, their politeness and courtesy, the fact they never complain and their level of spending. Only downside: they don’t seem to like what they eat. Can somebody tell me if that also applies if they are given French food?  





French pride gets hit by a study about travelers’ behavior

June 16, 2008

It looks like French cultural exception is not so much appreciated in the rest of the world.  The results of a study conducted towards 4,000 hotels in Germany, UK, France, Italy, Canada and the US about international travelers behavior was just released by Expedia France. French tourists are seen as the worst travelers in Europe: constant complainers, impolite, cheap, and incapable to speak another language are the main flaws attributed to the French by hotel owners. But there is worse: French travelers are even considered the worst tourists in their own country! That hurts…

At the world level, fortunately, there is worse than us. French are beaten by Chinese and Indians in the Top 3 of worst travelers. We complain too much, Chinese are pointed at for their look and their lack of interest in local food, and Indians seem to have a different idea of hygiene according to hotel owners. All of them are also considered spending too little when they travel.

There are however a few departments in which French travelers are appreciated. We seem to be the 3rd most interested nation in local food and the second one most well dressed, behind the Italians, needless to say. What a surprise!