It's hard to know the best places for tourists, because you can't be sure how the locals will react. Having your city filled with "newbies" can be frustrating. They often make for longer lines, ask for directions, and stop in the middle of the street to take pictures. Because of all of this (and probably more), some cities hate the idea of having tourists whereas others are happy to receive.
Take New York City for example which according to a new survey understands the importance of tourism and welcomes newcomers with open arms.
Deal site Coupon Codes Pro asked thousands of world travelers about the most welcoming cities in the world and had some interesting results.
The site gave a list of cities in the world and asked the respondents to rate them by most welcoming cities and least welcoming cities. The basis for the study is lacking some foundations of traditional evidence, but it's cool to look at the list anyway! Based on the results, you may want to rethink your summer trip to Europe.
The MOST welcoming cities:
New York City, USA
The LEAST welcoming cities:
- Paris, France
- London, UK
- Barcelona, Spain
- Rome, Italy
- Tokyo, Japan
Now, this list is interesting to me because I have some personal experience with these places. I found the exact opposite in New York City. In my experience, everyone was so wrapped up in their daily grind that they weren't friendly at all. We were ignored, and locals seemed to stay away from the tourist-infiltrated locations.
Toronto, I'd agree with. Pretty much everywhere in Canada, actually. The people are incredibly friendly and in my experience, always willing to lend a helping hand.
As for Italy, again, I had an opposite experience. I speak a bit of Spanish, which is similar to Italian in many ways. When I spoke Spanish to people in Italy, they were quite friendly and worked with me to communicate.
I guess it is a matter of opinion and experience. What have been your experiences like in these cities? Do you agree or disagree with the survey's findings?