Americans are the world’s most generous tippers when eating out abroad, according to a new survey by TripAdvisor.
The report, carried out by the holiday website, revealed that 60 per cent of US tourists always tip while on holiday – more than double the average (27 per cent) of other countries polled.
The second top tippers were the Germans, with almost half of their holidaymakers leaving a tip. Brazil was the next most generous country, with a third of respondents saying they always tipped when out.
At least 30 per cent of Spaniards and 28 per cent of Russians claim to leave tips, with Brits not far behind at 26 per cent.
However, the Italians and the French were not quite so generous, with a tiny 11 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively, leaving tips.
The survey revealed that almost a quarter of Americans feel guilty if they don’t tip, while 34 per cent have left a tip despite poor service because they felt obligated. A massive 56 per cent feel that tipping is expected – perhaps because they know it tops up the employee’s salary in many cases.
Of the 40 per cent of U.S. respondents who don’t always leave a tip on vacation, the main reasons for not tipping included: service didn’t meet their expectations (55 per cent), while 20 percent think the tip is included in the bill anyway.
Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor, said:”The TripAdvisor survey shows the majority of U.S. travelers tip on vacation, regardless of the quality of service.
“While friendliness and helpfulness are the most important qualities that influence tipping behavior, cultural norms are also a significant factor.”