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A report published in Australian newspapers carried the results of an international survey to determine who made the "best" tourists.|
Among the topics probed were tourists' behaviour, manners, generosity, willingness to learn the language and try local cuisine and their propensity to complain.
Japanese tourists took out the top overall place, followed by the British and Germans in joint second place, and the Canadians in third position.
Australians were ranked in joint sixth place with Swedes, and were singled out for their generosity and politeness, coming in at fourth place in both categories.
But they (Australians) were in the lower ranks for dress standards and effort to eat local cuisine.
Some of my countrymen will be disappointed to learn that Australians were beaten by the British but pleased that we came out better than our Kiwi neighbours.
The overall winners were Japan, who had the best, most polite, etc, tourists.
Top ten places were;
9. Austrians/Danes/ Finnish
10. New Zealanders
Since China will be having a major influx of tourists over the Olympic period, Chinese readers should be reassured that this "top ten" (actually 14 nations listed) should be the easiest to deal with !!
Personally I didn't think Australians would be quite that high on the list, judging by the behaviour I've seen of some of my "yobbo" countrymen overseas, but I guess for every jerk, there's obviously a dozen or so people who give a good impression. I do agree that the Japanese appear to be very well behaved tourists.
Well, what do other forumites think ?
Does this correspond with your own experiences ?
source, "The Age" website.