French women don’t get fat. French women don’t sleep alone. And now, a new study shows that French women don’t make good tourists either. Mon dieu!
French- Clean but Cheap
In its second annual Best Tourist Survey, Expedia asked 4,500 hoteliers worldwide to rank tourists from 27 countries based on nine criteria, including behaviour, spending habits, fashion sense and willingness to try and speak the local language. What they found was that the French are considered rude, pushy, and cheap, not to mention terrible at foreign languages. However, the French did come out close to the top on scores for elegance and cleanliness.
Japanese Are #1 Tourists
For the third straight year, Japanese tourists were considered the world’s best tourists, scoring the highest overall and were seen, as clean, polite, quiet, and uncomplaining. Followed close behind the Japanese were the British, Canadians, and Germans, as being some of the world’s best tourists.
In contrast, the French were the least generous or ready to tip and ranked next-to-last for their overall behavior and politeness – making them the world’s worst tourists. Also close to the bottom were Spaniards and Greeks.
Here are how other international tourists faired:
Americans – Considered generous – we are the biggest spenders and tippers! – but we’re not very tidy, we’re obnoxious, we complain a lot, and we can’t dress worth a damn!
British – Ranked high in overall behavior and were considered polite , quiet, elegant, and nicely dressed.
Italians – Considered loud but very snappy dressers.
Best Tourist Survey Overall Ranking
- New Zealanders
- South Africans
In a strange twist of irony, less than a year ago, France was voted in the Top 10 of the World’s Friendliest Countries by Forbes magazine. Apparently, they can play nice at home, but not on vacation!
Jamie Cat Callan says
Thanks so much for mentioning my new book “French Women Don’t Sleep Alone” on your blog about French tourists! That was really sweet of you. Please let me know if you’d like to receive a free copy of my book. I’d be happy to send one to you–autographed of course!