12th August 2015
The French, and not the British, are the tightest when it comes to tipping according to a new survey.
The new Global Tipping Index from Direct Line Travel Insurance investigated tipping trends from holiday hotspots across the globe, including Barcelona, Las Vegas, Paris, Phuket, Sao Paulo and Ibiza.
It concluded that while Britons abroad are not best regarded for their tipping, it is the French who take top spot in terms of the world’s tightest tippers.
Almost a third, at 30% of the bars and restaurants interviewed highlighted Britain’s closest continental neighbour as the most tight-fisted. However holidaymakers from the UK were placed second, with 21% of votes. In fact only 6% of bars highlighted Brits as the best tippers. Italy for its part came third, with 11%.
In terms of those who are the most generous, Americans, with 27% of the vote unsurprisingly came first given the tipping culture in the US. This is followed by the Germans, at 21% and Russians with 16%.
The Global Tipping Index revealed that the average tip received by bars and restaurants across the world is 11%, with the most generous tips being given in Argentina and the USA, both at 13%.
Despite this, Brits tip 7% in bars and restaurants, two thirds of the global average. More than a third, at 35% of restaurants and bars went on to say that British travellers do not tip anything at all.
Tom Bishop, head of travel insurance at Direct Line, comments: “Tipping expectations vary hugely across the globe and reflect different cultures, attitudes and laws. Our reserved nature and laws2 preventing employers using tips to top up salaries mean that there is not an established tipping culture in the UK. Many of us feel awkward and confused when it comes to tipping practices across the world.
“To avoid uncomfortable situations and causing offence abroad do your research into the nuances of tipping in the country you are visiting, as practices can vary widely from country to country. In Japan for example, tipping is seen as offensive and considered an insult, but in the USA it is expected.”