You don't have tourists in your house. You have visitors. - Hugo Antonio Santiago @TeotitlanDValle
Visitors

editing: Defending the visitors, aka tourists

Essay

Hugo Antonio Santiago suggests that instead of using the word 'tourist' or 'traveler' we use the word 'visitor.'

A more inclusive language is a better way to interact with the broader economy.

Quotes

While Australians love a rant as much as the next ticked-off customer, they are more likely to see the funny side of a bad situation than British tourists, Flight Centre spokesman Haydn Long said. "Australians tend to be a little bit more adventurous and when you take the more adventurous option, you tend to be more tolerant of things not always being perfect." Peter Hook, spokesman for the country's largest hotel group, Accor Asia Pacific, said Australians have a more laid-back attitude to travel because we've had to "overcome the tyranny of distance. When you fly 24 hours to the UK, a park bench looks attractive compared to an economy airline seat."
- Mark Russell, Beaches too sandy, fish scare the kids: it's a Fawlty Towers world for some tourists

Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot them?
- Popular saying, Canada

Translation: Visitors

Maori: Manuhiri
Spanish: Visitante



Questions

Have you ever 'visited' your own city? What does it take to develop an empathetic pov for people who are not local to where you live?

How do we encourage visitors to assemble their own meanings?

Tips for Locals

If you want visitors ...
  • Introduce yourself
  • Invite them to visit
  • Be thankful and attentive to the visitors already present

Consejos para los locales

Si deseas los visitantes ...
  • Preséntese
  • Invítelos a visitar
  • Sé agradecido y atento a los visitantes ya presente

April 2009 Survey compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents and Thomas Cook of tourist complaints:


  • The beach was too sandy
  • No one told us there would be fish in the sea; the children were startled.
  • We bought Ray-Ban sunglasses for five euros ($9) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.
  • There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners.
  • We had to queue outside with no air-conditioning.
  • I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.
  • It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during siesta time — this should be banned.
  • I was bitten by a mosquito — no one said they could bite.
  • We booked an excursion to a water park but no one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.
  • On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all.
  • My fiance and I booked a twin-bedded room, but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant.

Elsewhere

Defending the Tourists - Thorn Tree
'Defending the Tourists' - World Hum
When tourists attack - WorldHum
Travel can mend a fractured world - Rick Steves/USA Today
Watching the Tourists in Brazil - Braulio Tavares/BrazilMax
War and Peace ... and the Ecotourist - Ron Mader/green-travel
elliott.org

Misc

First-Time
Long-Term
Repeat
Frequent
Adventure
Foodies/Crafties

Notes
Some visitors are trying to set agendas that are contradictory to what others want.

When done well, spontaneously and with good spirit, one of the things visitors enjoy is meeting locals and friends of locals.

What distinguishes is a desire to learn from our hosts and openness to change - Clay Hubbs @TransAbroad

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