French government to try something new: hospitality
France has a reputation for being rude to tourists, especially Americans. To increase tourism and boost its economy, the French government is implementing a campaign to change French behavior and perceptions abroad. Can it work? We’ll ask Chicagoan Maris Harrington. She and her family lived in Paris for 20 years. Maris consulted in France’s tourism and arts industries and now works at Loyola University Chicago’s Advancement department.
(photo: Taxi drivers slow down traffic on the Grande Armee Avenue in Paris, France, protesting a government plan to deregulate the taxi sector, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena))