July 11, 2009
British tourists have distant friends
European hoteliers rate British tourists as their worst guests, while those on other continents find them polite and generous, a travel Web site says.
Expedia released its annual survey of 4,500 hoteliers Friday. They rated the Japanese as the top guests, valued for their politeness and cleanliness and described as quiet and unlikely to complain.
European hotel-owners, however, described the British as rude and messy whiners who leave meager tips.
U.S. travelers were in the No. 8 position, with a reputation for generous tips but also loudness.
Generally, tourists from Mediterranean countries have a bad reputation. Turks and Greeks tied for the 24th spot, while Spain followed at No. 26.