Which country dissapointed you greatly when it comes to how tourists are treated?

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  • FRE0

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    May 30, 2014 11:26 PM GMT
    Even though I never found things to be perfect, I was never really disappointed.

    From 1994 - 2004, I lived in Fiji. I've also been to Australia several times, New Zealand, Mexico once (on a camping trip; we didn't actually interact with the locals), and Canada twice. One can find helpful people anywhere.
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    May 31, 2014 12:58 AM GMT
    Northern Ghana. Only place I've been in Africa that I didn't like.

    And people talk shit about québécois and how they're rude to us anglophones. But that has never been my experience. I wouldn't be about to move to montreal if it was!
  • bro4bro

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    May 31, 2014 1:37 AM GMT
    China. Specifically Beijing, during the Olympics.

    I've travelled quite a lot and I've attended the Summer Olympic Games six times, so I think I know what I should reasonably expect. Beijing simply dropped the ball when it came to hosting tourists.

    Many Olympic host cities run public transport on an extended schedule, and some even extend closing times for bars past normal hours, because they want the thousands of overseas visitors to have a good time. In Beijing, the government actually tried to get bars to close earlier than usual to avoid any kind of problems that might make them look bad on the world stage. Many host cities set up outdoor party zones for visitors, but in Beijing they literally didn't want people to have anywhere to go at night.

    Most host cities want to give people attending the Games an opportunity to socialize. At the Beijing events, crowds were hustled out of the stadiums the minute the competitions ended. At the Rowing venue, even though I was talking with a friend who was on the Team USA support staff and was clearly displaying his credentials (he was a two-time Olympic athlete), I was told to leave the venue by a gang of six security guards - ten minutes after the last race ended.

    The Olympics is more than a collection of sporting events; by its own charter it's a celebration of sports and a meeting place for the world. China clearly had no interest in making the Olympics an enjoyable and fun experience for tourists. They only wanted to look good on television.

    PS - I managed to have a great time anyway!
  • Descamisado

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    May 31, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
    I have to say that Belize, for all its charms, wasn't very tourist-friendly. Something as basic as changing money was a huge hassle, and credit cards didn't always work. I have no complaints about the people, but hated dealing with bureaucracies when I could have been snorkeling!
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    May 31, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
    Ok, dating myself but I backpacked in NZ in 1989 after travelling in Australia. Like most Canadians I figured New Zealanders were much the same as Australians in terms of friendliness. Big surprise. They always assumed I was American because they were unable to decipher the subtle accent differences and they were plain rude on occasion. As soon as they discovered I was Canadian they did a complete about face.

    The biggest exception was when I was chatted up by a Maori teen and his siblings. He was oddly shy about admitting he was Maori (?) because the conversation veered into history but he was clearly pleased when I expressed my (honest) opinion that I thought Maori's were kind of cool and made me think of them as Vikings in a way. His family was super polite and friendly from the get go (even though they thought I was American too, lol).

    Anyway, I just wasn't expecting NZ to be so stiff and rude. That was ages ago and I would still go back. I think they, like most people, are probably quite nice truth be told.
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    May 31, 2014 3:04 AM GMT
    Least friendly place was actually France but since I was, to be frank, expecting that it doesn't qualify in terms of being the biggest disappointment.icon_confused.gif

    On the hand, I expected Americans to be somewhat condescending but I found them to almost universally well-mannered, particularly towards this tourist! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 31, 2014 3:13 AM GMT
    Jamaica
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    May 31, 2014 3:40 AM GMT
    England. The people I met were mostly horrible.
  • sfdann

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    May 31, 2014 3:47 AM GMT
    Austria. Such gorgeous people but the gays there were genuine prices to tourists. So much attitude. Finally I met ONE guy who was super friendly. Turns out he was from Germany. Damn Vienna. So beautiful. And a genuine bitch.
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    May 31, 2014 5:17 AM GMT
    Egypt. And its "all included": I expected that there would not be pork, but no chicken in a 5* hotel dissapointed me.
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    May 31, 2014 6:30 AM GMT
    Wyndahoi saidNorthern Ghana. Only place I've been in Ghana that I didn't like.

    And people talk shit about québécois and how they're rude to us anglophones. But that has never been my experience. I wouldn't be about to move to montreal if it was!


    I never had any issues in Montreal. I did have issues in Quebec city though. I prefer to use english as I"m way more comfortable with it and most people in QC seemed ok with that. In some of the heavier tourist areas though I did have 3 instances of people working in shops talking shit about all the anglophones in the stores. They were quite surprised when I started speaking french on my way out. hah.
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    May 31, 2014 7:39 AM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidEngland. The people I met were mostly horrible.


    Of course, that's why we are always villains on American films and TV programmes icon_twisted.gif
  • KepaArg

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    May 31, 2014 8:45 AM GMT
    Never really had a horrible experience, but people in Moscow were generally unpleasant. It was ok since I was visiting friends so did have an overall decent time. Still wanna go to St. Petersburg
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    I haven't travelled a lot but I went to Quebec City with some friends when I turned 18 pretty much so we could drink and you could tell we were not very well liked there. I can see why though since we were all goofing off alot haha and when we first got there I tried to go into the womens bathroom by accident and the old Canadian ladies did not like that very much either.
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    KepaArg saidNever really had a horrible experience, but people in Moscow were generally unpleasant. It was ok since I was visiting friends so did have an overall decent time. Still wanna go to St. Petersburg


    Moscow regularly tops the polls for worst travel location.

    Rubbish hotels, terrible value and the least helpful locals: Russian capital Moscow voted the worst city in the world to visit http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rubbish-hotels-terrible-value-and-the-least-helpful-locals-russian-capital-moscow-voted-the-worst-city-in-the-world-to-visit-9441635.html

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    Sharkspeare saidEngland. The people I met were mostly horrible.


    Of course, that's why we are always villains on American films and TV programmes icon_twisted.gif


    Especially if Mel Gibson is directing. I'm not sure who he hates more, the English or the jews. It you're an English Jew, forget it.
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    May 31, 2014 1:39 PM GMT
    Tunis. All the people there were trying to scalp us of all money we had. Without any shame. It was disgusting. But I saw the most beautiful beaches there.
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    May 31, 2014 2:27 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidEngland. The people I met were mostly horrible.


    +1
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    May 31, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    Argentina had a lot of scammers and thieves but 99% of the people were nice. I have heard other places are worse, like Rome.
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    May 31, 2014 3:06 PM GMT
    Australia: Immigration and customs are shiteheads.
    Austria: Not friendly
    Cayman Islands: People are bigoted
    Jordan, Kuwait: A waste of time
  • venue35

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    May 31, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    NYC
    It's amazing that there is a city in the US where people are so horrible.
    The worst people ive ever met and the rudest.
    I can't believe people starve themselves to live in this hellhole.
    Why are Californians so much nicer and polite???
    I have been offended by so many people in NYC...
    Whites blacks asians you name it everyone just acts like an asshole in NYC!
    I've been to england three times and most of the people i met there were wonderful.
    I consider NYC a country because it's like a polar opposite compared to other cities in america!!!
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    May 31, 2014 6:14 PM GMT
    Wyndahoi saidNorthern Ghana. Only place I've been in Ghana that I didn't like.

    And people talk shit about québécois and how they're rude to us anglophones. But that has never been my experience. I wouldn't be about to move to montreal if it was!


    Ya I agree. People in Quebec have always been friendly when I've visited, especially being super patient with my awful french haha. Weirdly enough the rudest french people i've met are in Ottawa not Quebec.
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    May 31, 2014 7:38 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidEngland. The people I met were mostly horrible.


    Are you sure you didn't stray into Wales by mistake?
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    venue35 saidNYC
    It's amazing that there is a city in the US where people are so horrible.
    The worst people ive ever met and the rudest.
    I can't believe people starve themselves to live in this hellhole.
    Why are Californians so much nicer and polite???
    I have been offended by so many people in NYC...
    Whites blacks asians you name it everyone just acts like an asshole in NYC!
    I've been to england three times and most of the people i met there were wonderful.
    I consider NYC a country because it's like a polar opposite compared to other cities in america!!!

    Have to disagree.
    I lived there for 15 years and will probably be returning soon. I've always found New Yorkers to be the nicest and most genuine people on the planet. A little rough around the edges? Sometimes, the city will do that to you. Gruff and impatient sometimes? Life is faster-paced there. But never anywhere else have I seen a native literally walk 20 blocks out of his way to make sure a tourist got to the right destination. And once you have a friend, you have him or her for life. None of the transient friendships people complain about in California and Florida (and being in Florida it is oh so true).