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    Who are the world’s worst tourists?

    Who are the world’s worst tourists?



    Six nations that stand out - you may be surprised.


    There was a time when what happened on tour, stayed on tour. Not any more. Smartphones have changed the game, allowing holidaymakers (and hosts) to capture and upload clips of shocking behaviour to social media sites in glorious HD.

    Then there are the travel companies that gleefully divulge examples of nationally ranked naughtiness.
    According to a 2015 survey by Hotels.com, Argentinians are most likely to steal items (not including toiletries) from their rooms. Sticky-fingered Singaporeans took silver, so to speak, while Hongkongers were among the more trustworthy hotel guests.
    But which nationality horrifies locals the most and leaves fellow citizens cringing with embarrassment at their antics? In no particular order, let the crude stereo[at]typing begin.

    1 Chinese

    We’re all familiar with the airport check-in-desk meltdowns, assaults on cabin crew and vandalism at archaeological sites – not forgetting a propensity to urinate in public places. And who hasn’t thrown a few coins into a jet engine for good luck?
    However, it’s also fair to point out that a whopping 122 million Chinese made outbound trips in 2016 and the overwhelming majority of those flag-following sightseers didn’t put a foot wrong.
    Ironically, Chinese tour groups may end up being the saviours of the holi[at]day industry in some parts of the world. They’re already helping to prop up destina[at]tions, such as Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, that have suffered downturns in the after[at]math of terrorist attacks.


    2 British

    British tourists are polite, friendly and considerate. But ply them with a few drinks and they’ll be running naked through the streets in no time. Some have perfected the inebriated hotel-balcony-to-pool jump, while others could pick a fight with their own shadow.
    The mayor of Croatian resort island Hvar, fed up with loutish British tourists, last week announced fines of €700 (HK$6,200, US$800) for those caught drinking alco[at]hol in public.
    Also this month, Portuguese police fired shots in the air to quell rioting British clubbers. The next headline-grabbing episode of debauchery is only an all-you-can-drink sangria session away.



    British tourists in Magaluf, Spain
    While the more boisterous Brits tend to be teenagers, they’re not alone in giving the country a bad name. A food poisoning scam that involves claiming compensation from hotels for bogus illnesses has reached epidemic proportions in Spain and other European countries.
    One couple, who allegedly suffered stomach cramps and severe diarrhoea, were rumbled when it was discovered they had enjoyed 109 alcoholic drinks during their holiday.

    3 Germans

    Ah, the Germans. Who else could carry off the beer belly and skimpy speedos look? (Who else would want to?) The Brits may have just discovered how to feign the symptoms of food poison[at]ing but the sunbed-snagging Germans have turned complaining into an art form.
    Rules are rules, and if the menu is monoto[at]nous or a bedroom lacks the terrace shown in the brochure, a claim for compensation is likely to follow. Teutonic tourists take their holidays so seriously, it’s hard to tell if they are actually having fun, says Andrew Eames, of travel website germanyiswunderbar.com, adding that the eagle-eyed Germans don’t miss a thing – except perhaps the scenery.


    A German tourist couple in Djerba, Tunisia
    If an itinerary says the transfer from the airport includes cold towels, soft drinks and snacks, then they will insist on cold towels, soft drinks and snacks … even if it means not noticing what’s out of the window.”

    4 Americans



    A photo titled Ugly American, taken in 1948, by Constantino Arias, in Havana, Cuba
    Far more accomplished at hosting tourists than being tourists, the stereotypical American vacationer thinks everyone should do things his way. And if they don’t, the answer is usually to throw fistfuls of dollars around until they do.
    Fortunately, the loud know-it-all who disrespects local culture and dresses like a professional golfer on acid (once known as the Ugly American, a term that derived from the title of a 1948 photo of a rotund tourist in Cuba) is a disappearing breed.
    Nevertheless, there’s still the odd bull-in-a-china-shop type who thinks it’s OK to bad-mouth foreigners and shoulder barge Balkan prime ministers if they get in his way.

    5 Israelis

    Israeli travellers are renowned for being rude, impatient, noisy and high on drugs, according to Yael Miller, writing in the Tel Aviv-based newspaper Haaretz. The knock-on effect of arguing about the price of rooms and cheating hoteliers, she explains, is that some estab[at]lish[at]ments have unofficial “no-Israeli” policies.
    Such behaviour does little to improve the nation’s international image or make life any easier for other Israelis, laments a Lonely Planet travel forum contributor. “One of the worst feelings when travel[at]ling is checking into a hotel, showing your passport and seeing the friendly welcome instantly evaporate.



    Israeli tourists in Pushkar, India.
    In their defence, many younger Israeli backpackers have just completed military service and travel in large, demob-happy groups. While tales of antisocial antics are commonplace, the conduct is arguably no worse than that of other young globe[at]trotters.
    Ultimately, though, hosts tolerate binge-drinking Brits or Chinese tourists defecating outside the Louvre because of the money they spend. Penny pinchers who insult local sensibilities aren’t always given the same leeway.

    6 Russians

    Russian tourists are the unsmiling masters of the cultural faux pas and practitioners of the “no one likes us; we don’t care” approach to travel. While there are worse misdemeanours, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided things were serious enough for them to produce a tourism etiquette brochure offering helpful tips that included “refrain from prodding Kenyans and calling them monkeys”.
    A falling rouble has translated into fewer Russians hitting the road in recent times, and in some places they’re starting to be missed.
    A couple of years back, a Sri Lankan told me he found Russians surly, impolite and prone to getting wildly drunk and smashing up hotel furniture. His views weren’t unusual – 42 per cent of Russians believe their compatri[at]ots are the worst-behaved tourists. When we spoke recently, the same man ruefully admitted that he was starting to feel the economic impact of their absence and wanted to know how long it would be before the rouble bounced back


    7 The Worst Tourists of All

    Ask a hotel receptionist, taxi driver or bartender who they think are the most irritating, unpleasant and demanding holidaymakers and there’s a good chance it won’t be any of the nationalities listed above.
    In provincial Thailand, hotel employees tense up when self-impor[at]tant sightseers from Bangkok arrive in fancy 4x4s, start shouting orders and showing off. Likewise, taverna owners on peaceful Greek islands dread it when affluent day trip[at]pers from Athens show up, start bossing staff around and noisily dispute bills.
    So there you have it: the worst-behaved are often domestic tourists. Remember that, all you city folk, on your next outing to Shek O or Sai Kung. – SCMP

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    The Russians should be in Silver medal position

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    Not Herman the German
    nor Derrymen
    I think the pick
    are from Limerick
    riding Kerrymen

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    Why might we be surprised?

    Seems as the listed would be a given.

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    ...each succeeding wave is as bad as the last: I thought young Brit louts were the worst until I saw Russians at play; Chinese locusts outdo Israelis simply by their numbers; now Serbs want to join the genital flash club...mass tourism enriches the locals and thus is here to stay. I blame lax visa restrictions, low-cost airlines, cheap alcohol, even cheaper sex, hormones and a lucrative pandering to the basest instincts...cui bono?
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    The French.
    Not even an honorable mention?

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    And the winners are:


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    The merkins have come a long way since they all claimed they were Canadian, just to avoid association with GWB.

    The more interesting poll would be which nationality is the worst behaved on an anonymous Thai forum.

    TBF posters like Za, Earl and Jeff should probably be put in a class of their own so they can’t skew the results. “The special ones”.

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    My missus was an hotel receptionist in Pattaya (honest) and she reckons Indian/Pakistani were the worst.

    But Jeff may well be right about the French, www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43507949

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    The worst that I've personally witnessed were a couple of boozed up English lads wandering around the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum being loud and obnoxious with their shirts off and carrying open cans of beer.

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    European (German or French) tourists who are on thai beaches topless who shouldn't be.. 1. because they shouldn't be wearing a bikini, and 2, because they are going against Thai culture.


    The French and Chinese are definitely the worst I've seen on my travels. Nothing can compare to the Chinese mentality.

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    Oh look, Flouncy McFlounce Face is back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post


    7 The Worst Tourists of All

    Ask a hotel receptionist, taxi driver or bartender who they think are the most irritating, unpleasant and demanding holidaymakers and there’s a good chance it won’t be any of the nationalities listed above.
    In provincial Thailand, hotel employees tense up when self-impor[at]tant sightseers from Bangkok arrive in fancy 4x4s, start shouting orders and showing off. Likewise, taverna owners on peaceful Greek islands dread it when affluent day trip[at]pers from Athens show up, start bossing staff around and noisily dispute bills.
    So there you have it: the worst-behaved are often domestic tourists. Remember that, all you city folk, on your next outing to Shek O or Sai Kung. – SCMP
    Pretty much

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    The French.
    Not even an honorable mention?
    Would certainly get my vote, having been stuck on a Nile 'cruise' with 70 of the rude fuckers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailandbound View Post
    European (German or French) tourists who are on thai beaches topless who shouldn't be.
    Yes, they should be frying some cabbage while taking selfies to put on an Internet forum instead.

    Is this a the first time ever one of these lists has been produced with which nobody can argue?

    Have to give some credit for that.

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    frogs.

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    What's wrong with Brits on holiday?


















    Most of the above are from this terrific but terrifying site...

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    ^most are obnixious drunks but there's enuff well behaved Brits to keep them from being the worst.

    Israelis otoh.....

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    ^Israeli tourists do seem to be despised overseas. A lot of the young ones have just been through military service, and are very arrogant and tight-fisted.
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    Surprising that their buddies have been overlooked...perhaps just because they hail from a variety of countries.


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    The American tendency to bellow rather than speak is irksome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Would certainly get my vote, having been stuck on a Nile 'cruise' with 70 of the rude fuckers.
    Reminds me off my Nile cruise, was shortly after the Falklands war, I was the only Brit, the rest were Argentinian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Surprising that their buddies have been overlooked...perhaps just because they hail from a variety of countries.


    Sadly that bar has been closed for ages as the owner retired. It has been replaced by a very narrow gogo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toslti View Post
    Sadly that bar has been closed for ages as the owner retired. It has been replaced by a very narrow gogo.
    That could actually be a far more effective ploy than a mere notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
    In provincial Thailand, hotel employees tense up when self-impor[at]tant sightseers from Bangkok arrive in fancy 4x4s, start shouting orders and showing off
    By far the worst. Foreign tourists are angelical in comparison.

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