"Charm" and "Touristy" Defined..FINALLY!

Jul 9th, 2003, 07:55 AM
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This reminds me of a remark made by a travel agent several years ago when we told him we wanted a hotel with "charmquot;
" 'Charm' usually means the place hasn't been remodeled since World War II!"

I think he was trying to convince us to stay in the Hilton.
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Jul 9th, 2003, 08:21 AM
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OK - starting from dictionary definitions:

Touristy: Attracting or designed to attract tourists, especially in a showy or inauthentic way.

Charm: The power or quality of pleasing or delighting; attractiveness. A particular quality that attracts; a delightful characteristic.

Within the travel industry I'd say that these words are pure advertisement because they have desirable connotations but no absolute meaning.

One man's touristy is another man's charming.
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Jul 9th, 2003, 08:41 AM
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OK..topping it once more and then I'll try to do some sort of summation later this evening (of course, this thing could go on forever I suppose....like the one about automatics vs. stick shifts <G>)
I think the answers are great so far!
Jul 9th, 2003, 08:45 AM
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Can't explain it..just know it when I see it!
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Jul 9th, 2003, 09:25 AM
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I like Sue's answer!

I live in the DC area. Old Town Alexandria, Va, is charming from September to May. You walk on cobblestone streets and along the Potomac river, visit antique shops, and enjoy the many wonderful restaurants.

From June to August, it is touristy. You struggle to find parking, crowd into the bars and restaurants with the tourists, and gawk at the long lines at the ice cream parlors. Of course, the water is still beautiful all year round...

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