How to interact with people from around the world, according to the French

Tourism promoters in Paris say Americans need WiFi, Belgians want a less poetic Paris, and Germans should be greeted with a handshake

Do you speak Tourist
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Many Parisians know that they're perceived by visitors as unwelcoming and snooty. They also know tourism is a boon to their economy, and that foreigners bring big money to the City of Light. In fact, the French capital city was the most-visited destination in the world for foreign tourists last year, with 29 million people streaming through. It is a privileged position Parisians hope to retain on the world stage, so those in the tourism industry — which accounts for about one in 10 jobs in the region — are learning to smile a little bigger at tourists, or at least how to say hello in a handful of different languages.

In hopes of better accommodating tourists and dispelling some of the less-savory Parisian stereotypes, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Ile-de-France developed a manual titled "Do you speak Touriste?" They are distributing about 30,000 copies to those employed in the tourism industry, or who interact with visitors from around the world day in and out, such as taxi drivers, sales people, and hotel managers. All those tied to tourism and hospitality now can leaf through a pamphlet that briefs them on how to interact with foreign tourists to provide courteous service, offer a better overall experience, and, in turn, encourage spending.

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Karina Martinez-Carter is an assistant editor at Map Happy and a freelance journalist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work has appeared with BBC Capital, BBC Travel, Thrillist and Quartz, among other publications.