Shooting the brown pound around town


by Rohin
29th May, 2007 at 8:16 pm    

You probably read all this in the paper, but I thought it’s worth highlighting for a chortle.

A recent Expedia survey asked 15,000 European hoteliers some questions. According to them:

Brits have improved their rep, being voted the fifth worst nation of tourists (we won easily the last time round).

We are the second worst dressed tourists, after the Yanks.

Brits are the fifth worst tippers but the third biggest spenders (1. Americans, 2. Russians). The most miserly are the Germans.

The new Lonely Planet Guide to the UK says Britons love reading news about famous people “even though their ‘celebrity’ status is based on little more than the ability to sing a jolly tune, look good in tight trousers or kick a ball in the right direction”.

The best tourists are the Japanese, who are thought of as polite, quiet and tidy. Next are the Americans and the Swiss. The worst tourist, somewhat surprisingly, are the French. Followed closely by the Indians, Chinese and Russians. India beats China at something shocker!

Most media outlets reported the results without bias. Pakistan’s Associated Press entitled the piece “Indian tourist most impolite”. Perhaps it’s not that cheap a dig, as the ToI reveals Indians do little to engratiate themselves with host countries:

“Says adman Suhel Seth, “I have seen Indians washing their laundry and drying it on leather sofas at a posh hotel in Manhattan, NY. Some of the richest Indians stand in the lobby of the best hotels in New York and bargain for an upgrade. I have felt embarrassed on more occasions than one because of such behaviour . Once the general manager of a foreign hotel told me, ‘I really admire the Indian success stories. What I don’t understand is why none of them give their clothes for laundry!’” [Link]

However, despite the canjoos and rude Indians, someone is after their money. As such, VisitBritain has launched a map of the UK detailing the locations of 30 famous Bollywood films. The Mumbai film industry has seen a spate of British-shot films as of late, whether it be for an entire movie or just a song. Some months ago, Yorkshire edged out Barcelona, New York and Sydney to host the IIFA Awards, the Indian Oscars, and the publishers of the new map hope to cash in on visiting Indian film fans.

The Grauniad has more about the IIFAs coming here and a miniature history of the Indian film industry, which we all know is big bucks and growing fast.

Why someone would want to visit the set of Bend it Like Beckham (Molesley FC, Hounslow), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Bicester Village Shopping Centre) or Yaadein (The Queensmere Shopping Centre in Slough) is quite beyond me. But they’ll probably be the same sub-species of people that wish to endure the celebration of mediocrity and saccharine plagiarism that are the IIFA Awards.


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  1. Rumbold — on 29th May, 2007 at 8:22 pm  

    “Why someone would want to visit the set of Bend it Like Beckham (Molesley FC, Hounslow) … is quite beyond me.”

    What are you talking about? Hounslow is the Athens of the north. The Treaty Centre, the bus garage, the £1, 99 pence, 98p, 90p and 89p shops, all to be found on one road. A paradise on earth.

  2. Rohin — on 29th May, 2007 at 8:55 pm  

    Rumbold, you’ve got me all wrong. I love Hounslow. Royal Sweets, first-name-terms with the Nando’s staff, Wilkinson’s (the Hounslow Harrods) and of course WheelHouse.

    I just don’t get why one would want to visit the set of such a shite movie. If they sold Hounslow as the site of the Goodness Gracious Me sketch (about Indian tourists) then I’ll be there.

  3. lithcol — on 29th May, 2007 at 9:17 pm  

    Who gives a s*** about what Johnny foreigner thinks. We invented football and the grand tour, and for the plebs going to the seaside. Plus a few things in between such as railways, the best way to see the world.

  4. Rumbold — on 30th May, 2007 at 12:23 am  

    “Wilkinson’s (the Hounslow Harrods)”

    It’s funny because it’s true.

    I really enjoyed ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, though a Goodness Gracious Me tour would be even better (home of Bhangraman etc.).

  5. Puffy — on 30th May, 2007 at 8:16 am  

    Maybe I’ve got it wrong but I suspect the LP scribes are not “Johnny Foreigners” but our own self-loathing liberal media types?

  6. Billy — on 30th May, 2007 at 8:28 am  

    “What are you talking about? Hounslow is the Athens of the north. The Treaty Centre, the bus garage, the £1, 99 pence, 98p, 90p and 89p shops, all to be found on one road. A paradise on earth.”

    Hey there’s a Costa Coffee and a TK Maxx. Hounslow’s classy these days.

  7. Billy — on 30th May, 2007 at 8:29 am  

    Oh and these are European hotels, I wonder what the results would be of a worldwide survey?

  8. William — on 30th May, 2007 at 3:33 pm  

    Well even the South Indian film industry loves Scotland.

    http://www.fishinabox.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/images/kandukondain.jpg

  9. Vikrant — on 31st May, 2007 at 12:51 am  

    VisitBritain has launched a map of the UK detailing the locations of 30 famous Bollywood films.

    Surprising… I can count atleast 10 Bolly songs that were shot singularly at Piccadilly Circus. Not much of a variety really.

    Anyways a few days ago I was by the South Bank near London Eye, saw a coupla Indian tourists taunting one of those gora bhikaris who’d dressed up as Dumbledore painted in gold. Shit i was soo embarrassed.

  10. William — on 31st May, 2007 at 4:52 pm  

    Vikrant

    “gora bhikaris”

    What is that or they.

  11. Kismet Hardy — on 2nd June, 2007 at 12:15 pm  

    Means white beggars…

  12. Jonny Rotten — on 4th June, 2007 at 9:08 pm  

    ‘sing a jolly tune, look good in tight trousers or kick a ball in the right direction?’

    Such a person would be a god among men in the UK now!

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