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.
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