And They Are … Perhaps one of the reasons that U.S. travel marketers make such an effort to sell and promote their products and destinations to visitors from the UK—and making it the USA’s Number One overseas source market in doing so—is that the British are the world’s friendliest guests. According to a just-released survey of more than 1,000 hotel staff in key destinations by the UK-based online travel agency On the Beach, just over a third (35 percent) of hotel staff said Brits were the friendliest of all international guests.
Irish and Swedish visitors took second and third place with votes of 27 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, travelers from France and the United States were named the least friendly guests, according to hotel staff who responded to the survey.
Which Visitors are the Most and Least Generous? The study revealed that just over a quarter of international hotel staff named Brits as the most likely to tip staff during their stay, while holidaymakers from Germany and the U.S, tied for second place with 19 percent of the survey votes cast. They were followed by the Irish at 13 percent and Norwegians at 8 percent. Hotel staff named holidaymakers from France the least generous, along with guests from Denmark, Finland and Italy.
Who Tries the Most to Speak the Local Language? According to 23 percent of hotel staff, holidaymakers from Germany make the most effort, while 22 percent of hotel staff said the Brits do.
Who are the Unruliest? While British holidaymakers are considered the friendliest and most generous, according to hotel staff, the survey found that British kids are the unruliest, with only 4 percent of staff naming them the best behaved. Children from Germany were named the most well-behaved, with 37 percent of the vote, and youngsters from Sweden (26 percent) and Norway (9 percent) are better behaved than their British counterparts, grabbing second and third places, respectively.
Who are the Biggest Boozers? Brits were also named the biggest holiday drinkers, garnering 64 percent of the vote, well ahead of the Irish who came in second place with 17 percent. Only 6 percent of hotel staff named Germans the biggest drinkers, with Russians (5 percent) and holidaymakers from Scandinavia (1 percent) also appearing to have greater control on holiday when it comes to alcohol.
Who are the Greediest? British travelers were also named the greediest guests, with 22 percent of staff saying British holidaymakers eat more during their stay than any other nation, just ahead of Spanish guests who came in with 18 percent of the votes.
Who are the Noisiest? With a vote of 44 percent, the British were also named the noisiest guests, ahead of the Spanish (33 percent).
Who are the Messiest? Once again, Brits were named the messiest travelers, least likely to maintain a tidy hotel room. German holidaymakers were considered the cleanest guests, with a vote of 42 percent, followed by those from Sweden (18 percent) and Norway (8 percent).
Summing up the results of the survey, Alan Harding, marketing director at On the Beach, said:
“Whilst we Brits enjoy letting our hair down during our well-earned holidays, we are incredibly popular guests amongst international hotel staff. We’re a fun-loving, friendly and generous bunch, and it’s heartening to see that Britons make such a positive impression on our travels abroad.”