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Travelers in Southeast Asia Named Littering and Spitting the Worst Beach
and Pool Misdemeanor with Teenagers and Young Adults the Key Culprits
According to TripAdvisor Study


SINGAPORE, Nov. 20, 2012 -- TripAdvisor™, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the results of its beach and pool etiquette survey of over 900 travellers in Southeast Asia**, with the worst beach and pool offences being littering at beaches and spitting in pools. 70 percent feel that teenagers and young adults are the key culprits but nearly all (95%) have never or rarely ask them to stop behaving rudely.

"As travellers prepare to flock to the beach and pool this holiday season, it will be good to be aware of what exactly makes other beach- and pool-goers tick," said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "This ensures that everyone can have some fun in the sun harmoniously."

Most annoying beach and pool etiquette violations

Top Beach Violations

Top Pool Violations

1. Littering (45%)

1. People spitting out water in the pool (20%)

2. Public intoxication (11%)

2. Littering (17%)

3. Blasting loud music (8%)

3. Smoking (15%)

"Reserving" Chairs

82 percent cannot tolerate those who save beachside or poolside chairs by leaving their belongings on them. 71 percent maintain that they never do so while 22 percent rarely do so.

Sun Tan Camaraderie

36 percent feel that it is their responsibility to inform those who have a sunburnt while 41 percent think that it is none of their business.

Personal Space on the Sand

24 percent feel the closest acceptable distance to sit next to another stranger on a crowded beach is three feet (0.9 metres), 20 percent think it should be two feet (0.6 metres) while 15 percent say four feet (1.2 metres) is more comfortable.

On non-crowded beaches, 27 percent consider three to six feet (0.9 to 1.8 metres) to be the closest acceptable distance to sit next to a fellow beach-goer, 25 percent feels it should be seven to ten feet (2.1 to 3 metres) while 19 percent say twenty feet (6.1 metres) is appropriate.

Top restricted beach and pool zones travellers wish for:

Designated Beach Areas

Designated Pool Areas

1. Smoking areas (55%)

1. Smoking areas (59%)

2. Pet-free areas (48%)

2. Pet-free areas (47%)

3. Child-free areas (23%)

3. Child-free areas (31%)

Travellers Oppose Waterside Smoking and Shower-Skipping

71 percent think smoking should be prohibited at the beach and pool.

28 percent and 7 percent feel there is no problem smoking at the beach and pool respectively.

58 percent consider it a breach of etiquette for not rinsing off before entering the pool, with 60 percent and 24 percent who always and often do so respectively.

**The survey was conducted with 929 travellers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, from 3 October to 31 October 2012

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor™ is the world's largest travel site,* enabling travellers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 60 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 75 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under . TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 74 million unique monthly visitors.** TripAdvisor, Inc.'s travel media brands include , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, July 2012

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, July 2012

©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE TripAdvisor


TripAdvisor APAC
Jean Ow-Yeong
T +65 6643 1241

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