It’s rude in China and Japan

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to tip or not to tip? And how much?

to tip or not to tip? And how much?

In China and Japan it is rude to tip. I wish it was here and in Europe. And the US. And everywhere else!

According to ICE – International Currency Exchange – just 12% of us tip hotel staff at the end of our holidays before going on to suggest levels of tips in various countries. This is a follow up to a survey they did about two years ago so it’s interesting to see what has changed.

For a start, people expect an increasingly rising tip in the US where 20% would seem to be the coming norm rather than 15%

USA/Canada: 20% is expected and not far short of that for taxis. ICE suggests a dollar or two for porters and $2-$5 for housekeeping staff but then this is the charges it suggests in most places.

Europe: 5-10% for restaurant staff but use cash to ensure it gets to the restaurant staff and not the owners. Porters should get a euro or two and the same for hotel housekeeping staff. ICE says you don’t need to tip in taxis but I have found that in Germany, Italy and France it is becoming more expected of you unlike a few years ago. Ahung-drawn face appears if a tip isn’t forthcoming.

South America: 10% for restaurants; porters about $1 a bag and housekeeping staff should get double that. Taxi drivers don’t normally get a tip although try not giving a tip in Brazil and see the look you get!

Asia: no tips at all in China and Japan but 10-20% in Hong Kong and Macau. In Thailand, tips are expected as they are on the Indonesian island of Bali. In India, a small tip is becoming the norm.

Australia/New Zealand

ICE says that tipping is not the norm and it isn’t in cafes but try not tipping in any decent sort of restaurant and you might be referred to the menu where it says that no service charges have been added. Tax drivers in Australia only expect a tip when you round off the fare to the nearest dollar but in New Zealand ICE says 10% is expected.

Middle East: a service charge is normally added to your bill so check it before you add a standard 10%

Africa: Ice suggests that, if there is no service charge added, a 5% to 10% tip is expected or 5% in South Africa. In hotels, it’s a good idea to tip the concierge on arrival to get added services, such as arranging excursions. Porters only require £1 per bag and taxi drivers should get 10% on top of the final bill.

If the world is tipping what chance is there to end this iniquitous practice that I have railed against so often before?

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