World's Worst Tourists: Could Indians Be In The Running?
There's no doubt that the poor British pop up constantly in surveys of bad tourists, and the whole pre-wedding-get-really-drunk-party in Budapest or Vilnius thing hasn't helped in the last few years. But a recent Expedia survey suggested that the French are pretty bad tourists, and that Indians are the world's second worst tourists.
Naturally, the Indians are protesting. Columnist Antara Dev Sen uses the argument that tourist boards are advertising across India to encourage Indians to travel to their countries, so surely these countries want them to visit. (She's forgotten, perhaps, that tourist boards just want to bring money into the country, and the quality of tourist is less important.) But really, she says, Indian tourists just like to have fun on their holidays:
Take the British Museum, for example ... Wherever you look you'll see little Indian kids running about breathlessly, swinging from those old statues and all, clambering onto those broken pillars and playing with the dead stuff. But the British are too strict, baba! They always come and shoo them away!
She goes on to discuss the Indian habit of drying clothes across hotel room furniture, singing in tourist buses and setting up their cookers wherever they're hungry. We can't imagine how they got voted the world's second worst tourists.