Americans are the best at tipping, Italians the worst

A new international travel survey of tipping trends reveals that Americans are the best tippers and Italians the worst.

travel Updated: Jun 27, 2014 19:31 IST
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According to a TripAdvisor survey that polled 25,000 travelers in eight markets around the world, Americans emerged the most consistent tippers, with 60% of respondents saying they always leave a gratuity for service when on vacation.

Landing at the bottom of the pile, meanwhile, are Italian globetrotters, with only 11% of travelers saying they tip regularly for hotel staff, servers and drivers.

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The results aren’t all that surprising, given the fact that the American service industry is based on a tipping culture.

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The survey also revealed that servers and restaurant staff are most likely to receive a gratuity (97% ), followed by taxi drivers (81%) and hotel porters (79%).

Another recently survey also broke down tipping trends within the US and found that diners in the Northeast are the most generous tippers, leaving an average gratuity of 19%.

The stingiest tippers came from the US Midwest.

Here’s a look at respondents who said they always tip for service while on vacation:

Americans - 60%
Germans - 49%
Brazilians - 33%
Spanish - 30%
Russians - 28%
British - 26%
French - 15%
Italians - 11%

Here are the services that are most likely to be tipped by US travelers:
Restaurant staff - 97%
Taxi driver - 81%
Bellman - 79%
Tour operator - 73%
Room service - 73%
Bartender - 71%
Housekeeping - 69%
Spa staff - 54%
Valet - 48%
Cafe barista - 22%

First Published: Jun 27, 2014 18:55 IST