MANILA, Philippines – We may be among the poorest but certainly not the rudest.
A recent poll by a travel search site voted Filipinos as the 3rd least rude to travelers.
Online voters, most of them Europeans, who visit the Skyscanner site to buy tickets or choose their holiday destination, rated the Philippines as among the countries with the least rude locals, next to Brazil and the Caribbean.
The site users said France still topped the list of countries where the locals never smile and people are particularly unfriendly.
Hot on the heels of the of the French, who got 19% of the votes, are the Russians who moved up to 2nd top spot with 17%, allowing the Brits to slide down to the 3rd spot.
The site cited cultural differences and language barriers that may be perceived as “rudeness” rather than anything intentional.
“The French have long been known for their abrupt and curt nature, especially when dealing with foreign tourists, which has often been taken as rudeness by visitors,” it explained.
As for the Russians being hot on the heels of the French, it explained that “The Russian economic boom and relaxation of visa regulations has led to a boost in Russians taking holidays in Mediterranean resorts popular with British holidaymakers.”
“Russians can be more direct when talking, which may be misconstrued as being rude. However this is more a difference in culture than genuine rudeness. The Russian language is not as polite as English, so when Russians translate directly from Russian to English, it can sound rude to an English speaker even if they don’t mean it to,” Tatiana Danilova, Russian market manager for Skyscanner commented.
“Russians tend to consider British people extremely polite due to their courteous way of speaking,” she added.
Rounding out the top 5 rudest countries were Germany and “Other” countries. The US placed 7th, behind China.
The survey received over 1,200 responses, 65% from the UK and Ireland, plus elsewhere in Europe, North America and Australia.
Skyscanner claims to be Europe’s leading travel search site, operating in over 25 languages with over 25 million visits and over 11 million unique visitors per month. It has offices in Edinburgh, Scotland and Singapore. – Rappler.com
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