Monday, July 13, 2009

Top 5 Germiest World Attractions

In any guest survey the number one non-negotiable importance for guests staying in motel/hotel accommodation is always cleanliness.

In various quality assessments,
"cleaning" is quite rightly highly weighted to reflect this.

The standard in the accommodation industry is that a guest room must not have any evidence of prior occupation. This sounds like a standard that can be easily achieved, however in any accommodation business, an incredible amount of hard work and investment is necessary to achieve this.

As consumers' standard of living have increased, our immediate environment has become more rarefied and sanitised. In a world where the media plays on fears of deadly outbreaks of pestilence, we have become hyper-sensitive to any supposed presence of harmful bacteria and germs.

TripAdvisor are well aware of these fears and have recently compiled a "Top 5 Germiest World Attractions."

(Overthinking such matters can also be bad for your health).

1. Blarney Stone, Blarney, Ireland
400,000 mouths a year

2. Wall of Gum, Seattle, Washington.
A bizarre tradition

3. Oscar Wilde's Tomb, Paris, France
Covered in lipstick

4. St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy
Pigeons, pigeons, pigeons

5. Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California.
Millions touch the handprints

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