World's worst tourists? The results are in. . .

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  1. kansaskeith

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  2. Gaucho
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    Rubbish..... not to defend any nationality, but these surveys are far from scientific.... besides, you can find rude, obnoxious people on every continent. Hoards of American tourists are no better or worse than many Chinese, Germans, Argentines, Brazilians or whatever...... makes a great story to get readers to pay attention, but Im not sure I would take this very seriously.
     
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    Great entertainment value!;)
     
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    Up to the regular USA Today standards, unfortunately.
     
  5. Sweet Willie
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    I thought this was most troubling:
    really ??????? Sad state of affairs.
     
  6. schnitzel
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    I thought hotels were charging for stolen robes these days. Man, considering the touch-sensitive minibars they have, I'm scared to touch anything at hotels these days, much less pilfer a pillow or a remote.

    Something tells me that the Gideons are happy if you take a bible . . .
     
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    ok, some positive news here!:)
     
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  8. kansaskeith

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    Funny, when I read Sweet Willie's light-faced italics a few minutes ago on the items pilfered, I didn't have my glasses on and thought it said "babies," not "bibles." Oh what THAT would do to the nasty-tourist rankings.
     
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    :rolleyes:
     
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    I also thought the Bibles were there so that they could be used and taken home if someone wanted/needed one -- I don't think the people that place them there would call *that* 'stealing'.

    Looks like we've got another case of accurate work by the press !!!

    DTWBOB
     
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    Only 16 nationals can be voted from the list and yet the survey has the gall to claim it as the "world's"? :confused: Or perhaps the survey's definition of the "world" comprises of only 16 nationals and the rest aren't part of the world. :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm with Gaucho. The worst tourists were not even shown as options, but probably they're from countries the respondents have never heard of, or they think they're in kansas, so are domestic destinations.
     
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    Yes, they need to re-do the research. Add San Marinans as an option, and probably more.(smiling)
     
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    If they're stealing Bibles, then they need them more than the next guy! The Gideons could start placing the bookmark on the Ten Commandments and highlighting "thou shalt not steal".
     
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    I've been charged for robes I've never taken, let alone worn, and I think you are correct regarding the literature.
     
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    I always worry that I could be charged for a missing bathrobe or other items, although the worst problem I've actually experienced in this regard is noticing minibar charges on my credit card without any notice from the hotel for items that I did not take/use/consume. Whenever I notice that the housekeeper, for instance, has removed two robes and left one, I call the front desk or even assistant manager on duty if the desk agent refuses and insist that my record be noted so that I am not charged for the missing robe or other item.
     
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    These hardly count as "disasters." Your flight crashing is a disaster. These are either inconveniences or just stupidity (in the case of getting "very" lost).
    The "dream" destinations are pretty telling about the survey participants.
    If the "dream" destinations don't paint a clear enough picture, these "in their dreams" travel companions should bring a bit more focus for you.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Clearly, not enough people are. One of the larger bible publishers filed in [2009]. Demand for bibles is little more correlated to the economy than I would have guessed - I would have thought the relationship would be inverse!
     
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    Across hundreds of hotel stays, I've never, ever had a problem with a charge for something like this. Have you?
     
  20. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Not sure about that.

    http://www.gideons.org/FAQ/FAQ.aspx

    Do people ever read the Bibles in their hotel rooms?

    Yes! Each Bible placed in a hotel room has the potential to reach up to 2,300 people in its estimated six-year life span. Research from the hotel industry tells us that approximately 25% of travelers read the Bibles in their hotel rooms.
    Can I get Bibles or New Testaments for my church or my personal use?

    No, not from The Gideons International. Our mission is to reach the lost. We do not provide Bibles and New Testaments to individuals, our church partners, or other organizations for their distribution. Our unique method is to have only our members distribute Bibles or New Testaments through designated traffic lanes of life, thus efficiently reaching a large number of people. We do not overlap, duplicate, or conflict with the mission of churches and other ministries. Instead, we act as an extended missionary arm of the church.
     

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