Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dare we Speak their Name?

Guess all you like who's tourists are being discussed here, I myself find it largely to be as true of ANY group of tourists wherever you are to one degree of another. But before you follow the link, what nation or culture comes to mind?
_______ 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 _________ holidaymakers don't speak local languages and are seen as impolite.

"It's mainly the fact that they speak little or no _______ when they're abroad, and they don't speak much of the local language,"
I'm rather stunned that this story made it through the wire, given that certain incredibly foolish old prejudices continue to be repeated ad nauseum.

Of course the story doesn't get into something that IS true about these un-namable "ugly" tourists: they are much more likely to be pikers, and to be rather noisy and obvious about their cheapness too.