When you are staying in the major hotels
it is expected that you are going to give a tip. This is an important
source of income for the front desk, room and restaurant staff
in hotels and it has been estimated by the hoteliers that staff
get about an equal amount of their monthly salaries from tips.
Room service personnel also expect tips, but it is wiser to give
them a small gratuity of about £1 a couple of times a week, than
waiting until your departure.
• Waiters & Waitresses:-
When you have finished eating you can tip around 7.5% of your
total bill as a tip. When you consider that your restaurant meal
may come to say £10 and that their daily wage is under £1.50 per
day. It is common to see tip boxes in many of the resort hotels
and restaurants as some staff
do not get the chance to directly interact with tourist like waiters
and reception staff.
When you go on a group excursion it is normal to give a gratuity
at the end of your tour of about £2. This is shared among the
tourist guides. If
there are lots of people helping you then it's better to give
them a bulk sum of cash to be shared out among themselves. For
longer trips running into a couple of days a tip of £4 should
suffice if you are part of a group of travellers.
Never tip drivers of taxis unless of
course they have gone out of their way to give you extra services
like carry your luggage to your room or get you out of a problem
then you can give them a moderate amount of money
as a gift such as .50 pence.