Some (let’s call them less-refined) Americans can act downright boorish when visiting foreign countries. France, in particular, is one country that has received the stereotype of being unfriendly to visitors from the United States.
But a website from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and its tourism board called doyouspeaktouriste.fr
aims to change all that … by pointing out common stereotypes of tourists from various countries.
For example, the site describes Americans as wanting fast, personalized service. We also expect our servers to be fluent in English. We are technophiles who demand wi-fi for our tablets and smartphones.
From the Telegraph
"The aim is to fight against the poor reputation for welcome in Paris and the Paris area," said Jean-Pierre Blat, general director of the Paris area tourist board.
"You don't welcome a Japanese tourist the same way as an Italian one. There are codes to take into account, so you have to adapt," he said.
The website also gives an idea of how much tourists from different countries tend to spend, on average. Japanese tourists spend the most—186 euros per day.
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But it’s the stereotypes that make this site so problematic. According to the assumptions made, French waiters, cab drivers and hotel workers can expect the following:
• Poor Spaniards want freebies and expect the French to speak their language.
• Italians also expect to speak Italian, and love it when you pay attention to their kids.
• Japanese people need constant reassurance and won’t complain.
• The Chinese are avid shoppers who seek luxury brands.
• The Dutch are also looking for freebies—but they’re very appreciative of attention to detail.