We travel; we have money - so who wants our business?
Written by Robert Niles
PARIS - I've been in Europe for the past week, and my travels so far have left me so appreciative of those venues and destinations where the staff seems to genuinely welcome their guests' business.Tweet
We tried to enter the Wizarding World the original way - via Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in London. (The Tube is wonderful, by the way, and the staff very helpful.)
I say "seems" because there's no real way for me to know whether someone truly wants me to be there, or not. But even if a person doesn't care for me, my presence or my money, if he or she can fake it and make believe I'm welcome - that's good enough for me.
That said, it pains me to see people cramming into tourist hotspots where the staff clearly isn't bothering to put on a show. They hate our guts, and aren't afraid to let that disdain show. They know that thousands more tourists will be by tomorrow, even if the ones they burn today never return.
Well, I say that as travel fans - we make those tourism employees' dreams come true. Let's resolve to speak up, and to listen to one another, so that we can make real the dream of tourists never again darkening the doorways of restaurants, museums, historic sites, attractions, and yes, even theme parks, where the staff can't be bothered even to pretend that we're welcome.
I'll name names at the end of my trip - not just of the places that shunned us, but the ones that welcomed us, too. In the meantime, though, let's use the comments to warn fellow Theme Park Insider readers of places you've visited where it seemed they'd rather you and your money went elsewhere.
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