Why is tipping in restaurants based on percentage
There are some differences abroad: different countries, different tips
BONN How much tips do you pay on vacation? Many travelers probably ask this question again and again before or during their vacation. So you should inform yourself beforehand - sometimes a tip can also be perceived as an insult.
As a rule of thumb, the further north you travel, the less tip is expected. The further south, the more pronounced the tip culture should be. But it's not always just about the vacation destination. According to an ARAG announcement, the amount of the so-called "tip" also depends on the hotel category. Accordingly, more tips are expected in international hotels than in less luxurious houses.
In addition, it is important to place tips in hotels in such a way that the cleaning staff cannot overlook them. The pillow or bedside table is best for this, the table in the hotel room is not really suitable because the cleaning specialist can think that the guest has forgotten the money there.
But how much do you tip now?
- In the United States around 15 to 20 percent of the invoice amount is appropriate. There it can be inappropriate to increase the invoice amount by just ten percent. Here service staff expect 15 to 30 percent, because many live from tips.
- In Asia, tips are rather unknown and lead to confusion. In Japan good service is a matter of course and a "tip" can therefore quickly be taken as an insult. Also in China Tips are rather uncommon. Depending on the region, it can sometimes be a better solution to give your host small gifts instead of money.
- In France Tips are customary and left on the table. Putting the money into the hands of the French is considered impolite.
- In the United Arab Emirates one should be careful. Tipping is often frowned upon by many Arabs, but there are many people from Southeast Asia who work there in service and who depend on tips.
- In Spain the change is usually given and left on the table later. Five to ten percent is appropriate. But caution is advised: Under no circumstances should one give the impression of getting rid of change. This often offends southern Europeans.
- In Greece or Portugal for example, the statutory minimum hourly wage is a little more than three euros. Around five to ten percent of the invoice amount in the restaurant and taxi is therefore appropriate here.
- In Scandinavia and the Benelux countries the tipping culture is not very pronounced. Tipping is not expected in restaurants, taxis and hotels, but it is not a faux pas either.
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