Every country has its own mores when it comes to tips. Within our borders it is a token of appreciation for good service, but no obligation. Perhaps that is why we are also known abroad as ‘niggardly’. Unlike Dutch and Russians, who are used to giving a lot more tips at home and take that habit with them on a trip.
Almost half of the catering staff agrees that American guests give less tips. The big culprit is the euro. When it was introduced in 2002, a large proportion of the catering industry threw up the prices considerably, and this led to a reaction. Moreover, it became unclear what a normal tip is. Previously you rounded up with a few guilders, but € 3 tip is sometimes a bit too much of a good thing. Consequence: the hand is more firmly on the cut when we eat, drink or stay overnight outside the door.
What does a good tip look like? And how ill-mannered is it to give too small a tip? Some Etiquettologist have written in her book ‘How should it really’ in 1939: Both those who give too little to those who give too many tips show that they do not know their world. For many, the wrong opinion has taken the post that too big gratuities respect the staff and will result in exceptionally good service. The opposite is true. Personnel are usually extremely sensitive to correct proportions.
Do not be niggardly
Satisfied guests, who do not want to be overblown, can best give a tip in a restaurant of about 5 to 10 percent of the bill. Also in hotels, bars, and in the taxi it is customary to give a tip or round up the amount. In hotels, the tip fee depends on the length of your stay. A tip after one night is not necessary, but you could consider an amount of 5 percent of the room rate. It is just what you seem reasonable.
Do you pay with a credit card? Then give the tip in cash, so that the person who helped you gets the money immediately. In hotels you can leave the money in the room.
Begging for something extra
On holiday or during an outing you probably share the most tips. You sit extensively on a terrace, stay in a hotel and maybe take a taxi to do some fun. When tip money is in place and how much you have to give, is not always clear.
Americans, South Africans, and Canadians are changing their ways differently. In America, the income of service personnel is largely dependent on tips. It is part of the culture and tourists do not get out of it. If you visit this country, it is therefore very useful to put some loose dollars in your pocket or bag.
America sets the tone
In the Antilles one tips in the same way as in America. The many American tourists who come here set the tone. The tourism sector keeps its head above water thanks to these tips.
Canadians generally do not charge service fees. Hotels and restaurants expect a tip of 10 to 15 percent of the bill. Taxi drivers and hairdressers also get a tip in this country.