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London Olympics

The Worlds gone mad…………………..
The ‘quango’ VisitBritain has issued a guide book aimed at the British on how to treat overseas visitors during the Olympics.  Unbelievable ???
Please take the time to read some of the advice below, this is not one of my hoax blogs – its completely true!  The ironic thing is that VisitBritain is staffed with ‘non Brits’………………
If you happen to meet a Mexican during the 2012 Olympics, don’t mention the war – that is just one of the pieces of advice being given to Brits on how to treat foreign visitors during the Games.
The war in question is the 1845-6 war with the United States. Instead you should try talking about Mexican art or museums.
 They have been written by the agency’s staff, who are natives of the countries featured.

Britain is ranked 14th out of 50 when it comes to the welcome it gives to foreign visitors, but some wish they had received a more exuberant welcome from their hosts.

The comprehensive catalogue of cultural norms and traditions should ensure that you do not unwittingly offend any guests – or feel slighted because of a lack of understanding.

For example, the advice says that you should never call a Canadian an American.

Similarly, steer clear of physical contact when meeting someone from India for the first time.

Pouring wine for an Argentinean may seem to be an innocuous enough task, but it is in fact a cultural minefield – pouring it backwards represents hostility.

 When Japanese people smile they may not be happy, in fact they could be the complete opposite.

 Talking to them with your hands in your pockets will cause offence.

Remember Arabs are not used to being told what to do.


VisitBritain advice


 Sandie Dawe MBE, CEO of VisitBritain, said making visitors to Britain feel welcome was “absolutely vital” for the UK economy.

 She said: ”Overseas visitors spend more than £16bn a year in Britain, contributing massively to our economy and supporting jobs across the country.”

She added: “With hundreds of thousands of people thinking of coming to Britain in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, this new advice is just one of the ways that VisitBritain is helping the tourism industry care for their customers – wherever they come from.”

 Other pieces of advice include:

:: Winking is considered a rude gesture in Hong Kong.

 :: The Chinese are very suspicious – talking about poverty, failure or death could cause offence.

:: Visitors from the United Arab Emirates don’t take kindly to being bossed around.

:: When accepting thanks, Koreans will typically say “No, no.” The remark should be interpreted as “You are welcome”.

:: The term “Poms”, which is used by Australians and New Zealanders, is a term of endearment, rather than a insult.

:: Snapping your fingers in the presence of a Belgian is regarded as impolite.

:: Do not imply that Polish people drink too much.

 For those visiting London and the UK during the Olympics 2012 remember to book well in advance, we already have private tours booked for the summer of 2012. 

Personalised tours of  London and Britain
HisTOURies UK – The Best Tours during the London Olympics

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