World’s Unfriendliest Cities That Failed To Warm Tourists’ Hearts
Culture, history, nature… Those are the commonest reason why people visit a particular city. Some of us form a somehow emotional bond with the architecture of the city we visit, while others may be going there only because s/he finds the natives friendly or attractive.
Now let’s have a look at the list of unfriendliest cities in the world.
World’s Unfriendliest Cities
7 Cannes, France
Cannes is well-known for being wealthy, pretty, and, apparently, a bit snobby. Home to one of the world’s most glamorous A-list film festivals, “[Cannes] charm is fading away,” said T+L reader Kathleen Dwyer. “Cannes is like an aging beauty,” another agreed. The fading movie star is most accommodating to visitors with major cash to spend.
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6 Las Vegas, Nev.
“What’s sick is how you can be around so many people in a nice recreational environment, yet none of them want to talk to you. Everyone has this antisocial toxic vibe and cold wall around them that is very uninviting. It’s really sick. How do people tolerate that? How do people see that as normal? It’s disgusting and NOT normal at all.
Out in public, I get this feeling like everyone wants to get away from me and I want to get away from them too. It’s a very negative energy field and 100 percent antisocial. It’s very bad and toxic. I can’t get used to it at all. I don’t know how others do. How can anyone see that as normal?!” – remark by an annoyed Las Vegas visitor.
“It isn’t deep,” observed one visitor, “but who cares?” It was it’s vaguely seedy pomp and flamboyant performances that earned the town its fame.
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5 Philadelphia, Penn.
The concept behind the City of Brotherly Love may have some limits, according to readers. Perhaps visitors came to town wearing a New York Rangers or Giants jersey, and clashed with the locals who rank at No. 5 for their sports-team zeal.
Avoid game-day quarrels by visiting The Barnes Collection of early modern art or the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden.
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4 New York City
One voter reported that “people are not exactly the kindest to strangers.” “New York has everything—just don’t ask a person in the street to help you find it.” Despite feeling overwhelmed by the crowds, most people agreed that the frustrations were worth the visit, thanks to NYC boiled bagels, Central Park, and the new One World Trade Center’s staggering city views.
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3 Marseille, France
“Although Marseille is a ‘lovely, historical city’, crime seems to be a major concern for many visitors,” cited by one of the surveyor.
The city is witnessing a cultural resurgenceof late, but many travelers still found Marseille to be quite unkempt and gritty. Even with a relatively poor “friendliness” score, many thought this port city to be far more laid-back and accommodating than Paris.
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2 St. Petersburg, Russia
The complaints about St. Pete were vague: “Good weather and low-key vibes weren’t enough to keep this Florida city off the diss-list. Travelers expressed disappointment in their St. Petersburg experience, suggesting they wanted something more from the city and its people.”
While visitors are typically awed by the beautiful architecture (the new Mariinsky II theater, the frosty blue Winter Palace, the gilded and candy-striped Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood) they are a bit disappointed by their encounters with residents.
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1 Moscow, Russia
Although having been dubbed as one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, Moscow was found to have unhelpful locals and a general ‘aloofness’ by survey participants who were asked to rank 266 world cities on a range of categories, including “the friendliness of their people”.
The city’s notoriously bad traffic and general “aloofness” of the people contributed to its low ranking, as well as its culinary scene, which was also ranked dead last in this year’s poll.
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