Wednesday, July 21, 2010

COUNTRY Gratuity Protocol

Australia and New Zealand
Round up taxi fares and restaurant bills to nearest dollar.

Service charges generally included in bill.

Britain and Ireland
Service charges usually included in restaurant bills; otherwise, standard U.S. tipping rules apply.

China and North Korea
Tipping is illegal.
Czech Republic
Round up the bill to nearest koruna.

France and Germany
Service charges generally applied to bills; customary to add 5 percent extra.
Hong Kong
Tipping is common--about 10 percent in most situations--even when a service charge has already been applied.

10 percent tip is customary.

Service charges are usually included in bill.

Restaurants and hotels typically add 10 percent service charge to bills; otherwise, tipping not expected.

Tipping is customary, about 10 percent, even when a service charge is already included.

Tips are usually included in hotel and restaurant bills; otherwise, tipping is not expected.

Tipping is expected for porters and room service.

Tipping is customary, about 10 to 15 percent. Service charges rarely applied.
10 percent tip is common for most services.

South Korea
Tipping is not expected.

Offer a 10 to 15 percent tip even when service charges have been added.

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