A recent study by Sunshine has demonstrated that people from Britain are the worst culprits for unfairly reserving poolside sun loungers. Interestingly, when the same study was conducted in 2012, they were in fourth place, with the Germans being in first.
Sunshine.co.uk, an online travel agency in the United Kingdom, is currently conducting a range of studies into the behaviours of holiday makers. They have been doing this for some time, and this year, they repeated a piece of research that they also completed in 2012. This study looked into whether or not holidaymakers would unfairly reserve poolside sun loungers. Essentially, this means that someone would leave belongings on the sun loungers while knowing that they would be away for an extended period of time.
In 2012, the worst culprits for this type of behaviour were found to be the Germans. This year, however, the British were found to the worst of all. This might be because people can now find some of the best holidays using online only travel agents, meaning that British people are once again going abroad for their holiday, rather than staying in the country. During the recession, people in Britain were encouraged to “staycation”, so that they were able to afford a holiday while at the same time supporting the national economy.
The research piece surveyed 2,150 people in Britain, all over the age of 18. All of them had been on holiday abroad in the past year. The first question was whether or not they had ever unfairly reserved a sun lounger, with a number of follow up questions from this. The results showed that:
- 71% of British people unfairly reserved poolside loungers.
- 52% of those who answered yes had been warned by management to not do this anymore.
- 98% of respondents said that they were irritated by people who unfairly reserved loungers, which was interesting since many of them engaged in this behaviour themselves.
- 87% of respondents had witnessed people (other than themselves) engaging in this behaviour.
Those 87% were then asked whether they knew the nationality of people who had made unfair reservations. From here, Sunshine was able to determine which nationalities were the worst. They were:
- The British (21%)
- The Germans (19%)
- The Dutch (14%)
- The French (12%)
- The Russians (9%)
Three years ago, the results were very different, being:
- The Germans
- The Dutch
- The Russians
- The British
- The French
While it could be speculated that one of the reasons for British people now being higher up the ladder is because more people are once again going on holidays, this may not be enough to explain the huge shift that has taken place. Further research will need to be conducted in order to determine why certain countries are faring better or worse in terms of their poolside behaviour.
It was also particularly interesting to see that people choose to unfairly reserve loungers, while being themselves irritated if anyone else did the same.
The managing director of Sunshine, Chris Clarkson, has commented on the findings of the study.
“Reserving sunbeds is one of the biggest holiday taboos and something which annoys the most people. However, that doesn’t stop people from doing it themselves! To see that us Brits have overtaken Germans in the sunbed hogging stakes is a sign that our holiday etiquette has perhaps gone out the window! People should remember that if the habit irritates them, they shouldn’t do it themselves! Where your sunbed is positioned around the pool isn’t going to determine whether or not you have a good holiday.”
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