London, Jan. 6 (PTI): Indian tourists have been described as amiable but indecisive in the latest guidelines issued by a government-funded tourism body to hotels across Britain to avoid cultural faux pas.
“Understand that Indians are amiable but have a tendency to change their minds quite frequently,” reads the advice from VisitBritain. Hoteliers are warned not to poke fun at Indian accents or say “no” directly to a Japanese tourist.
Asian countries accounted for over 50 per cent of the more than 5 lakh visitor visas issued in the UK in 2012. India and China each accounted for 15 per cent of that.
VisitBritain, which receives around £30 million of government funding each year, is keen on keeping visitors from Asia happy.
The guide recalls the famous 1975 episode of popular BBC comedy Fawlty Towers in which owner Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese, makes repeated references to Second World War in front of German guests.
Along those lines, VisitBritain has devised a comprehensive set of tips to cover different cultural sensitivities.