Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Study Finds Russian Tourists to Be a Bother

If you find yourself wondering this summer what nationality that rowdy family in the hotel lobby is or who keeps on hogging the best spots around the pool, there's a good chance that they could be Russian, a new study has found.

According to the Europe-wide survey of 15,000 hoteliers carried out by travel web site, Russians are among the worst tourists, beaten only by the French, Indians and Chinese, and followed closely by the British.

The exemplary Japanese topped the rankings as the best tourists by some distance, just ahead of Americans and the Swiss. Russian tourists were voted the second-rudest group, just behind the British, and came fifth in the worst-dressed category.

Proving that they are not only a concierge's worst nightmare, well-heeled Russian tourists, flush with petrorubles, are ranked as the second-biggest spenders after Americans.

While the "creme de la creme" of Russian tourists has already learned how to "deal with the outside world," a negative image of Russians on holiday still persists, an industry expert said.

"None of the hotels we deal with would like to get a reputation of being solely a Russian hotel," said Yelena Pechalova, a spokeswoman for travel sector research firm TMI Consultancy.

Hotels are not keen to be dominated by Russian customers, as they fear losing clients with negative experiences of meeting Russians abroad, Pechalova said.

"This is due to some common stereotypes and the Western perception of Russian tourists, who are considered to be loud, wild and unbearable to be with [because of their heavy drinking and smoking]," she said.

"The worst Russian cases that anyone can come across in any all-inclusive resort in Turkey or Egypt are really the examples of bad manners and bad attitudes toward the surroundings, personnel and other people," she said. "But the same examples in the same resorts can be found if you observe how the Germans get [once they're let] off the leash," she said.

To cope with the influx of super-rich Russians, some chic European destinations have considered drastic measures.

Last winter, a tourism manager in the Austrian resort of Kitzb?hel suggested introducing a 20 percent quota for Russians staying in local hotels.

In a high-profile case of a Russian behaving badly on vacation, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov was briefly detained in January by police at the French Alpine resort of Courchevel in connection with an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring.

According to statistics from the Russian Association of Travel Agencies, around 15 million Russians visited non-CIS countries in 2005. Nearly two million Russians went to Turkey and 800,000 to Egypt, the association said.

Other interesting tidbits in the survey include the fact that Americans are ranked highest for attempting to speak the local language, but are also considered the worst dressed tourists.

Conforming to stereotypes, the Italians are ranked as the loudest and best dressed visitors, while the Germans are found to be perfect guests, even tidying up their rooms before the chambermaids arrive.