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Old 03-26-2013, 11:51 PM   #46
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Best: Ireland.

Worst: France.
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Had a few family members been to Bolivia, they loved it. Like anywhere there are regional variations. They said it took a little while before they opened up, once they did then no complaints about how they were treated.

Been to Bulgaria, sure ran into a few dickheads but get that anywhere and didn't find them unwelcoming.

Iranians are very good people, never judge people by their political leaders if so then we'd hate everyone.
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As for the actually most welcoming countries: most Muslim countries should definitely be at the very top of the list. It's a part of the religion, from what I understand. Everyone's really friendly and helpful to the guests, sometimes to the extreme. A couple of examples: 2 random women offered a friend of mine to house him for a couple of days (no, you perv, it has nothing to do with that), *while he was on a train* to Chechnya. A random guy from the other side of the street bought me an icecream, while I was in Iran. It was weird, but it genuinely shows how hospitable the average Iranian is. It is absolutely fucking ridiculous that they're at the bottom of that list.

I've also had a lot of moments like that in Georgia. For example, a random older guy just started talking to us on the street and showed us around the city for 2 days.

Generally, the less Westernized and the less wealthy a society is, the more hospitable the people around you are going to be. Also - the further you are from urban areas, the more hospitable people are going to be.

Otherwise, SUPERFICIALLY, it largely depends on how extrovert the people are in the given country. In Northern Europe people stick to themselves more, while in the South people are more talkative and trying to be more helpful (which is not necessarily the same thing as being helpful, as most people in Greece, Italy, etc. will just point to a random direction when asked, even if they have no idea where the place I'm asking for actually is located).

But, yeah, that's ignoring infrastructure, the number of Starbucks per square inch, foreign relations with the US, general safety and stuff like that.
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I saw a lengthy research paper some weeks ago and I stopped at this exact part of it. The results seemed really weird, counter-intuitive and absolutely against my own experiences as a tourist (I've been to 30+ countries).
Well, not that I believe in the credibility of the study wholeheartedly, but I have also been to 30+ countries and except a few cases it did not seem weird to me at all. So I guess it's down to opinion and personal experience, and the fact that you didn't agree with it doesn't mean all that much.

Besides, other different and independent studies have come to, in many ways, similar conclusions.

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After a little digging, I realized that they've been polling a small sample of entrepeneurs (most of whom have nothing to do with the tourism industry) to get this data. So the methodology used in this BS poll is not just flawed, it is absolutely worthless. The sample size is way too small for the data to be representative EVEN IF they would've asked a random selection of regular people. Anyone with a basic understanding of statistics and sociology will understand this.

In other words, this has nothing to do with how welcoming countries are for tourists. Ignore the map and move on.
Could you please point me to the places where you found out about this? Did you find out in it in the 100+ report or somewhere else?

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Had a few family members been to Bolivia, they loved it. Like anywhere there are regional variations. They said it took a little while before they opened up, once they did then no complaints about how they were treated.

Been to Bulgaria, sure ran into a few dickheads but get that anywhere and didn't find them unwelcoming.

Iranians are very good people, never judge people by their political leaders if so then we'd hate everyone.
Pretty much. Never been to Iran, but have a met quite a few Iranians and they were some of the nicest people I ever met. This was the case that surprised me the most because I have heard wonderful things about Iranian hospitality from many people who have bene there.
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Besides, other different and independent studies have come to, in many ways, similar conclusions.
Can you list these studies? I'm afraid you'll have a very hard time doing that.


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It's in the WEF report, check the sources. It's based on an executive opinion survey and the answer is in the name - only select business leaders were polled, just like I said. The sample sizes are also ridiculously small (for example, 35 for South Africa, 45 for Sweden, 39 for Hong Kong, 52 for Denmark), so the margin of error is absolutely insane.
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France has to be the less welcoming. And even if you're a native French speaker

As someone once said: "France is a beautiful country, too bad it's populated with French"
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I honestly think India is really welcoming . I have only seen smiles greet me when I visit the important tourist destinations
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Well, it says most welcoming countries, not people. So a country with a strict regime in place should score lower, no matter how nice the people are.

As for my experiences, I haven't really noticed any real differences on my holidays.
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Now I just saw who made this and that explains red colors for Bulgaria, Romania and Poland
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How about Brazil? Honestly.
I like to think we're very welcoming, even if not that many people speak English. In Rio it's very common to see natives making a huge effort to somehow communicate with foreign tourists when they could have just said "I don't speak English" and gone on with their lives. Of course it changes a lot from place to place (people in Săo Paulo seem to be always in a hurry from place to place while in some small city in the Northeast they will take their time to help you), but in general I think we're nice towards tourists
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Can you list these studies? I'm afraid you'll have a very hard time doing that.
Not "studies", I shouldn't have used that word. But you have dozens of articles on this. Ireland and New Zealand always seem to top the charts everywhere.

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It's in the WEF report, check the sources. It's based on an executive opinion survey and the answer is in the name - only select business leaders were polled, just like I said. The sample sizes are also ridiculously small (for example, 35 for South Africa, 45 for Sweden, 39 for Hong Kong, 52 for Denmark), so the margin of error is absolutely insane.
Like I said, we are supposed to take this with a pinch of salt. But you can't possibly say that it's totally meaningless because it is not.

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Well, it says most welcoming countries, not people. So a country with a strict regime in place should score lower, no matter how nice the people are.

As for my experiences, I haven't really noticed any real differences on my holidays.
Didn't think about this, but you have a point.

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I like to think we're very welcoming, even if not that many people speak English. In Rio it's very common to see natives making a huge effort to somehow communicate with foreign tourists when they could have just said "I don't speak English" and gone on with their lives. Of course it changes a lot from place to place (people in Săo Paulo seem to be always in a hurry from place to place while in some small city in the Northeast they will take their time to help you), but in general I think we're nice towards tourists
Hopefully I'll experience that myself one day.
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Not "studies", I shouldn't have used that word. But you have dozens of articles on this. Ireland and New Zealand always seem to top the charts everywhere.
You mean dozens of articles quoting the same study?
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Hopefully I'll experience that myself one day.
You won't have the language barrier, but you'll have to look out for people making fun of your accent and strange expressions
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You mean dozens of articles quoting the same study?
No, I mean other articles through out the years.

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People make fun of my accent within my own country, I think I can take it.
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