Australians make it to the Top 10 in Best Tourist stakes

On July 09, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Australian tourists rank 6th among 27 nations in second annual global

Expedia Best Tourist Survey

The second annual global Best Tourist Survey, conducted by leading online travel company Expedia®, has ranked Australians in sixth place overall among the 27 nationalities surveyed. This is up one spot on last year’s ranking.

Around 4,500 hoteliers across the globe provided their opinions on the best travellers overall, as well as on specific categories including behaviour, spending habits, fashion sense and willingness to try and speak the local language.

The Japanese retained the top prize, with hoteliers worldwide naming them the world’s best tourists. They were ranked not only as the quietest and most polite, but also the cleanest and least likely to complain. The British again came in second place overall, followed by the Canadians.

The survey also revealed that the French hold the unenviable reputation for being the world’s worst tourists. According to hoteliers, as well as being the most frugal and meanest tippers, they can also lay claim to being the most impolite tourists.

Australians were complimented by hoteliers generally for being sparing in their complaints (third place), being polite (fourth place) and for their willingness to speak the local language and their good behaviour (fifth place in both categories).

Less flatteringly though, Australians were perceived as loud travellers, ranked fourth noisiest among the 27 nationalities.

Louise Crompton at Expedia Australia said, “It’s encouraging to see that Australians continue to be regarded as good-natured among hoteliers around the world. While our loudness might land us in trouble sometimes, overall Australians ought to be proud of these results.

“While these results should inspire Australians to keep up their general reputation for being considerate tourists, there is room for improvement in areas where we are less well regarded, like being a little more conscious of our noise levels,” Ms Crompton concluded.  

Expedia.com.au Top Tips for Australian tourists to lift our rankings in next year’s Expedia Best Tourist Survey:

  • Wisen up: Be mindful of the local practices of the locations you are travelling in so you do not inadvertently cause insult or offence to the locals
  • As a minimum, learn some basic words from the local language such as how to say ‘hello’ and ‘good-bye’ and ‘please’ and ‘thank you’; the locals will appreciate the effort
  • Be environmentally conscious: while you might be tempted to take a longer shower than usual when on holiday, be mindful of the local water supplies
  • Get the latest gadgets: travelling with a digital translator or navigational device can make you a more sophisticated and streetwise tourist

The Best and the Worst in this year’s Expedia Best Tourist Survey:

  • Worldwide, the Japanese, British, Canadians, Germans and Australians are considered the most polite nations.
  • The top three loudest nations are the Americans, Italians and the Spanish
  • After the Americans and the British, the next biggest tippers are the Germans and the Japanese
  • Canadians and Swiss were the other nationalities named as least likely to complain

Overall Ranking

 

1

Japanese

14=

New Zealanders

2

British

16

Thais

3

Canadians

17=

Portuguese

4

Germans

17=

Czechs

5

Swiss

19=

Italians

6=

Dutch

19=

Irish

6=

Australians

19=

Brazilians

8=

Swedish

22=

Polish

8=

Americans

22=

South Africans

10=

Danes

24=

Turkish

10=

Norwegians

24=

Greeks

10=

Finnish

26

Spanish

10=

Belgians

27

French

14=

Austrian

 

 

 

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Notes to Editors

About the Expedia Best Tourist Survey – methodology

The survey was conducted during the period 10-23 June 2009. Approximately 40,000 hotel managers from Expedia partner hotels worldwide were randomly selected and contacted via email by the research company, TNS Infratest. A total of 4,557 interviews were completed, representing a return rate of approximately 12%. Only countries with at least 80 interviews are shown.

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