Summer 2012 Edition
Respecting the culture of the country one visits plays an important role as this ensures no one is offended by your actions as a visitor to their country.
While you are on your worldly travels this summer, read below for a couple of travel tips to ensure you are respecting the culture you are visiting.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer, for those of you still deciding on the perfect vacation spot here are a couple of suggestions to help you along, Best Summer Vacations via US News & World Report.
It was a pleasure to be invited to speak about how to prepare and receive dignitaries on official visits and I look forward to participating in the 3rd APCA conference in 2012.
Saudi Arabia - It is important that both men and women dress conservatively when travelling in Saudi Arabia. In a business situation, women should ensure that at the very least collarbones and knees are covered, and the clothes are not figure hugging.
Japan - The standard form of greeting in Japan is to bow from the waist – generally, the lower you bow, the more respect that is being demonstrated toward your Japanese acquaintance. You may find that a handshake is offered, but this depends on how ‘Westernised’ your Japanese associate is. There may be some hesitancy as to whether a handshake should be offered, so in these circumstances it might be good manners to offer a bow.
South Africa - Generally, South Africa is known for its relatively informal atmosphere. In most situations, dress can be a little more casual and behavior a little less formal. However, this shouldn’t be considered a license to discard all boundaries of behavior! Regardless of where your travels take you, proper tourist etiquette and cultural sensitivity demand that you err on the side of conservatism. There’s always time to loosen up a little later when you’ve learned your way around the culture.
France - France is well known for its fine cuisine. Eating is an important part of social and family life in France, and the likelihood is that if you are visiting France, you will no doubt be eating out. You may even be invited into the home of a Frenchman, but in both cases you should be aware of basic French dining etiquette.
The French tend to be very direct in the way that they speak. They have relatively little reserve in showing emotion, and will often articulate and accompany their speech with large gesticulations.
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