Cultural Competency

Language access is critical to visitor experience

By Myriam Siftar on October 27th, 2016

I attended the 2016 Visitor Experience Conference in Philadelphia on October 10. Several recent developments had motivated me to attend: Sree Sreenivasan’s talk at the TechniCulture event during Philly Tech Week 2016. At the time he was the Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. The Met’s audio-guide app is available …Read More

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Cultural Training for the Tourism Industry

By Jen Horner on June 2nd, 2016

asian tourists in DC

Tourism and hospitality staff are interacting with people from other countries and cultures with greater frequency every year. The number of international tourists worldwide topped one billion in 2012, and grew by 13% by the end of 2014. The nationalities of tourists are changing as well. Some of the biggest increases in tourism spending have come from the BRIC …Read More

Are You Ready for the U.S.-China Tourism Year?

By Jen Horner on March 9th, 2016

Welcome to 2016, the U.S-China Tourism Year, a joint effort led by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the China National Tourism Administration.  The initiative to encourage travel between the United States and China was announced last fall by President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping. In addition to programs for cooperation and cultural exchange …Read More

Teaching the World to say Schuylkill

By Jen Horner on March 4th, 2016

Last year, developers broke ground on the 3.5 billion dollar Schuylkill Yards project, a complex of offices, labs, residences, restaurants, and open spaces between Drexel University and 30th Street Station. The project will accelerate the booming Philly tech industry and create “an internationally-renowned innovation hub.” But international visitors might wonder how to pronounce its name.  How do you say …Read More

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Gift-Giving Around the World

By Kathy Quinn on December 23rd, 2015

red envelopes

The Christmas season is the biggest gift-giving occasion for most people in the United States—even for those who aren’t religious. While there are certainly many exceptions among the country’s heterogeneous population, for most Americans, Christmas (including Christmas Eve) is the main event. Christmas is celebrated around the world, but Christmas is not the major gift-giving …Read More

The Effect of Cultural Differences on International Business: US and Sweden

By Jen Horner on September 17th, 2015

According to the Telegraph/UK, Stockholm is “the startup capital of Europe” and the second most prolific tech hub per capita in the world after Silicon Valley. The Swedes themselves are highly wired, with 92% of the population online. Swedish tech sensations include Skype, SoundCloud, Mojang (maker of Minecraft), King (maker of Candy Crush), and the …Read More

What Should I Call You? Names Around the World

By Kathy Quinn on August 13th, 2015

name tags with names in various nationalities

Most of us are aware that there are different naming conventions in different cultures. What many of us are not aware of is just how complex dealing with this issue can be. One problem is, of course, cultural: What do you call someone when you greet them or address them in a letter or an …Read More

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Number Idioms: More than the Sum of their Parts

By Jen Horner on August 3rd, 2015

First, a joke:  Why is six afraid of seven?  Because seven eight nine! Many idiomatic phrases live on in popular culture long after their origins are forgotten. For example, in the musical, Evita Peron tells Argentina not to cry for her— “she’s dressed up to the nines / At sixes and sevens with you.”  What …Read More

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How Do They LOL in Other Languages?

By Jen Horner on July 2nd, 2015

English speaking netizens are quite familiar with LOL and its many permutations: ROFLOL, LUL, LULZ, and so forth. How do other languages signal laughter? We did a little research to find out. There are as many abbreviations and signals used for laughter as there are languages online. While the bulk of online communication was initially …Read More

Tipping Around the World

By Kathy Quinn on June 25th, 2015

tip tray

Figuring out when and how much to tip waitstaff, cab drivers, porters, and others can be hard enough in one’s own country. When you’re traveling the world, it becomes much more difficult. Tipping is also a very culturally sensitive practice: you can risk insulting people either way—tipping or not tipping. And then there is the …Read More

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