Parlez-vous polite? Paris Wants Happy Tourists

Paris is aware of their dwindling economy, and tourism officials know that tourism is an important piece of putting that puzzle back together.  To make sure tourists are happy in Paris, tourism and commerce officials are distributing pamphlets to businesses. The pamphlets are part of the “Do you speak touriste?” movement that encourages businesses to be polite and friendly to tourists.

There is a long-standing feeling that French can be rude, especially to outsiders. This pamphlet provides a cheat sheet to taxi drivers, servers, museum workers and other merchants to meet the tourists expectations.

The six-page guide includes tips for connecting with 11 different nationalities. Their tip for Americans? The guides says they demand WiFi and enjoy high-end accommodations. It also says the Spanish like amusement parks and the Japanese need to be reassured. As for the Germans, they want to converse in their native language, German.

Tell us, what do you think about the Parisian’s efforts? Are they spot on with the assumptions about Americans? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

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Violence Erupts in Europe

A bus driver in Barcelona is stalled due to the protesters in the street.

Violence broke out in parts of Europe on Wednesday as frustration grows over the rising unemployment rate, strikes and austerity measures.

The violence presents a problem for travelers across Europe. As part of “European Day of Action and Solidarity”, the international rail services were disrupted with strikes in Belgium, Italy and France. Not too far away, Spanish and Portuguese employees staged a strike across the entire Iberian Peninsula.

As a result, hundreds of flights, including those between southern Europe and hubs such as London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol, were also cancelled.

The strikes and bouts of violence in Europe, showcase how important it is to purchase travel insurance in order to protect yourself and your investment. If you have already purchased travel insurance and have questions about how you are covered in this situation, leave a comment below or call us at 1-888-885-7233.