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One million British tourists cannot tell Bucharest from Budapest  

de C.B.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 1 iunie 2009, 2:36 English | Top News

Nearly 1,000,000 British planning to have an international holiday mistook the names of several important cities according to a survey quoted by Sunday People. About 950,000 British cannot tell the difference between Lisbon (Portugal)and Lisburn (Northern Ireland), Wien (Austria)and Venice (Italy) and Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, and Romanian main city, Bucharest.

100,000 travellers realised the mix up only after they found themselves thousands of kilometres away from their desired destination.

The cities to cause most confusions are Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands) and La Palma (Canary Islands), followed closely by a mix up between Portuguese capital Lisbon and Northern Ireland city Lisburn. Atman (Jordan) and Oman (a state 2.500 km away) are next. The list continues with Venice (Italy) and Wien (Austria) and two main cities: Budapest (Hungary) and Bucharest (Romania).   

The survey belongs to www.travelsupermarket.com. According to the website’s guide expert Bob Atkinson, the mistakes are stop being funny when it comes to money, especially when 1.9 million tourists have the wrong currency on them on reaching the destination. It also shows that quite an important number of British citizens do not know geography, nor do they document their travels well enough.

The survey also indicates some gaffes travel agencies make, like mistaking city codes: French city Bordeaux (BOD) is mistaken for Turkish city Bodrum (BJV) and USA famous city Los Angeles (LAX) for Nigerian city Lagos (LOS).


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