Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > USA > The Trailer Park
Reload this Page >

British 'world's worst tourists'

British 'world's worst tourists'

Old Jul 24th 2009, 2:29 am
  #1  
BE Forum Addict
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,583
surly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond repute
Default British 'world's worst tourists'

Research by online travel service Expedia suggests Brits abroad are the least well-regarded by foreigners.

They are the rudest, meanest, worst-behaved, most linguistically incompetent and least adventurous holidaymakers, the study published on Friday claims.

And overall, the British finished bottom of the league table of 24 nations, which was topped by the Germans, Americans and Japanese.

British consequently are guilty of terrible cultural and linguistic arrogance.

Seems to fly in the face of BE popular belief, and explain a lot of expat attitude.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2137729.stm
surly is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 2:34 am
  #2  
BE Forum Addict
 
Officer Dibble's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,566
Officer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond reputeOfficer Dibble has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by surly View Post
Research by online travel service Expedia suggests Brits abroad are the least well-regarded by foreigners.

They are the rudest, meanest, worst-behaved, most linguistically incompetent and least adventurous holidaymakers, the study published on Friday claims.

And overall, the British finished bottom of the league table of 24 nations, which was topped by the Germans, Americans and Japanese.

British consequently are guilty of terrible cultural and linguistic arrogance.

Seems to fly in the face of BE popular belief, and explain a lot of expat attitude.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2137729.stm
More fascist propoganda.

A lot of nations are shocked and stunned when they discover that the average Brit isnt the tea drinking, dandy that Jane Austen described.

Who cares what bloody, thick foreigners think?
Officer Dibble is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 2:39 am
  #3  
UNFORGIVABLE
 
YoungSteve17's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Erie PA - From Ipswich England
Posts: 381
YoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of lightYoungSteve17 is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by surly View Post
British consequently are guilty of terrible cultural and linguistic arrogance.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2137729.stm
We are the greatest
YoungSteve17 is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 2:50 am
  #4  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 0
scrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond reputescrubbedexpat097 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by YoungSteve17 View Post
We are the greatest

..at doing the Conga at 2am


I think that is quite shameful. Why do people feel the need to act so crazy. It's good to let off steam and relax when you holiday somewhere but why the sudden "personality" change that often occurs?


This is someone that went to Ibiza long before it was the party island it now is. The first time we went only half the Island had hotels and they were few and far between
scrubbedexpat097 is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 3:08 am
  #5  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 138
Okachickima is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

If you don't like the results of that "study" just Google and you will find another (and a more recent one) from the BBC that badmouths the French and says the British are the second best tourists in the world.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8143780.stm

French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as penny-pinching, rude and terrible at languages, according to a new survey.
Okachickima is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 3:50 am
  #6  
SUPER MODERATOR
 
Jerseygirl's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 86,993
Jerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by surly View Post
Research by online travel service Expedia suggests Brits abroad are the least well-regarded by foreigners.

They are the rudest, meanest, worst-behaved, most linguistically incompetent and least adventurous holidaymakers, the study published on Friday claims.

And overall, the British finished bottom of the league table of 24 nations, which was topped by the Germans, Americans and Japanese.

British consequently are guilty of terrible cultural and linguistic arrogance.

Seems to fly in the face of BE popular belief, and explain a lot of expat attitude.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2137729.stm
That article must have made your day.
Jerseygirl is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 4:13 am
  #7  
member of little note
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 526
made of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond reputemade of kent has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

easy to generalise, I remember years ago in Normandy during the D day celebrations, meeting 2 lovely polite American, who where desparetly trying to get rooms in a small B and B the owner spoke no English and their french was worse than mine (I learnt German) but they where trying as he and his wife where, my hubby Scotish dragged out his best school boy french to help them all and I was very good at miming upshot was there wher 2 rooms avaliable 1 twin 1 double, they snapped them up like a shot! they then issisted on buying us a drink for our help and asked what we where doing in this hole in the wall place, explained we had been told it was the only place in town with available rooms by the tourist office!!
the men immediatly said we should have the double room and they could share the twin, they where cousins, so much bad french and gesticulation later, we had a room, we ate out with these 2 lovely interesting men who where both ex army, one who had been at d day the other much younger, his father had, we went back to the B&B and the owner and his wife served us for a while until eventually they joined us, and dispite the language difficulties we had an excellent night, fueled lots of alcohol!
made of kent is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 4:21 am
  #8  
Bob
BE Site Lead
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 92,100
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Least they get out and about a bit...

And it's all rubbish really, loads of tourists of all nations are a bit shit when you go looking at packaged tour events.

When you go else where, you don't notice them except for their cameras and white/black socks with sandles
Bob is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 11:17 am
  #9  
BE Forum Addict
 
Macca67's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2009
Location: on the horizon
Posts: 4,382
Macca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond reputeMacca67 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by surly View Post
Research by online travel service Expedia suggests Brits abroad are the least well-regarded by foreigners.

They are the rudest, meanest, worst-behaved, most linguistically incompetent and least adventurous holidaymakers, the study published on Friday claims.

And overall, the British finished bottom of the league table of 24 nations, which was topped by the Germans, Americans and Japanese.

British consequently are guilty of terrible cultural and linguistic arrogance.

Seems to fly in the face of BE popular belief, and explain a lot of expat attitude.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2137729.stm
I think you mean ENGLISH Tourists.
Macca67 is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 11:39 am
  #10  
BE Enthusiast
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Indiana, USA
Posts: 381
TimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud ofTimberHut has much to be proud of
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by surly View Post
most linguistically incompetent
<some foreign speak from the barman>

You what mate? I want TWO PINTS OF STELLA. TWO BEERS. TWO LARGE-O BEER-O.
TimberHut is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 12:28 pm
  #11  
A lion in your lap
 
elfman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: Sparta NJ
Posts: 7,605
elfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond reputeelfman has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by surly View Post
Research by online travel service Expedia suggests Brits abroad are the least well-regarded by foreigners.

They are the rudest, meanest, worst-behaved, most linguistically incompetent and least adventurous holidaymakers, the study published on Friday claims.

And overall, the British finished bottom of the league table of 24 nations, which was topped by the Germans, Americans and Japanese.

British consequently are guilty of terrible cultural and linguistic arrogance.

Seems to fly in the face of BE popular belief, and explain a lot of expat attitude.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2137729.stm
I think that the fact that you felt the need to start a whole thread about this based on an article from seven years ago explains quite a lot about your attitude.

here's a similar article from two weeks ago:

Penny-pinching, rude and terrible at foreign languages: French people are the world's worst tourists according to a study of the global hotel industry.

US tourists also got top marks for generosity -- as the biggest spenders and tippers -- but fell short on other counts as the least tidy, the loudest, the worst complainers, and the most badly dressed.

Despite cliches about beer-guzzling hordes descending on Mediterranean resorts each summer, Britons came a surprise second for their overall behaviour, politeness, quietness and even elegance -- second for dress sense only to the Italians.

But the model Japanese were followed by Canadians as the least likely to whinge when a trip goes wrong.

France's rivals for the "worst tourist" tag, Spaniards and Greeks came near the bottom of the pack in almost every category.


http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/2009071...b-509a08e.html
elfman is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 2:21 pm
  #12  
Wondering if...
 
celticgrid's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Clarence, NY
Posts: 1,199
celticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond reputecelticgrid has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by elfman View Post
I think that the fact that you felt the need to start a whole thread about this based on an article from seven years ago explains quite a lot about your attitude.
First thought...."Expedia is 7 years old already???"

Second thought...."This 21st century larkey seems to be moving a lot faster than the previous one."
celticgrid is offline  
Old Jul 24th 2009, 2:59 pm
  #13  
Forum Regular
 
Captain Freedom's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: another dimension
Posts: 156
Captain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really niceCaptain Freedom is just really nice
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Well at least English tourist will never be accused of being the most ass kissing tourist.
Captain Freedom is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2009, 1:51 am
  #14  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Kaffy Mintcake's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 8,497
Kaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond reputeKaffy Mintcake has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

Originally Posted by elfman View Post

US tourists also got top marks for generosity -- as the biggest spenders and tippers -- [/I]
Not to put down my countrymen, but I wonder if a lot of this is just Americans tipping as they would at home, which would be considered very generous in many countries where a tip isn't customary, or one just rounds up.

That being said, I've always been very conscious of the ugly American stereotype, and if Americans are getting credit for trying other languages, etc. when overseas I think that's pretty cool.
Kaffy Mintcake is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2009, 2:09 am
  #15  
Sursum corda
 
cindyabs's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2002
Location: Richmond Hill, GA USA
Posts: 38,860
cindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond reputecindyabs has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: British 'world's worst tourists'

I think a lot of the stupid behavior is motivated by ithe idea that if you make a fool of yourself it's okay because none of those people are going to ever see you again.
cindyabs is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.