And the most honest hotel guests are...

2013-04-17 13:01
New Delhi - Travellers from Nordic and Scandinavian countries have emerged as the most honest hotel guests in the world, while those from India, Mexico and Colombia admit to having the stickiest fingers, according to a survey that looked at who steals what.

Though the majority, or 65%, of the 8 600 international travelers polled by said they’ve never made off with items except toiletries (which are considered acceptable), that figure spiked among Danish respondents, 88 percent of whom said they leave their rooms as they found it.

The Danes were followed by the Dutch, 85% of whom said they have never nicked anything, and Norwegians at 84%.
Meanwhile, the most pocketed items from hotel rooms? Magazines and books, followed by linens and towels.
Interestingly, where this diverges is among Chinese guests who admitted to purloining actual furnishings and stashing everything from a lamp, clock or artwork in their suitcase.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum 38 percent of travelers from India admitted to stealing magazines and books, as did 40 percent of guests from Mexico.

That figure then spikes precipitously among guests from Colombia, with 57% of guests indicating they’ve likewise pilfered hotel room reading materials.

Here’s how the countries stacked up on the honesty-meter -- provided they were honest in their answers:

1. Denmark - 88% said they have never pilfered any hotel property  
2. Netherlands - 85%
3. Norway - 84%
4. Tie: Brazil, Canada (Quebec), Hong Kong - 81%
5. Italy - 80%
6. Russia - 79%
7. Tie: Taiwan, South Korea - 78%
8. Tie: Argentina, Singapore - 77%
9. Ireland - 75%
10. UK - 74%


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