Worst tippers in Asia revealed

2012-07-30 12:31
People from Japan are apparently the worst tippers, while the Thai know how to reward good service, according to a new survey from MasterCard Worldwide that asked around 7 000 people this year about their tipping behavior.

A massive 89 percent of Thai bar and restaurant-goers regularly tip, while a paltry 3 percent of Japanese said they do the same.

 A tenth full, or nine-tenths empty?

Depends if you're in Thailand or Japan. CNNGo's Japan editor, Mark Hiratsuka, sheds a little light on why the Japanese come bottom of the tip jar: "Tipping just isn't part of the retail landscape here," he says.

 "You pay for a service, close your wallet and that's it.

 "That old saw about gratuities causing confusion in Japan is actually true -- if you leave a little behind in a restaurant, bar or wherever, someone’s sure to chase you down and return it.”

In Thailand however, the reverse is true. It would appear tipping comes as naturally to Thais as the spectacular food.

Making up the top three are the Philippines and Hong Kong, with 75 percent and 71 percent respectively saying they consistently tip.

“The research indicates what a diverse set of markets make up the Asia/Pacific region," said Georgette Tan, at MasterCard.

"It is a truly remarkable mix of cultures and understanding them is a big challenge for global businesses.”

 Men said they would tip more often than women, except in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. Maybe that has something do with another survey conducted by MasterCard that found women are more money-conscious than men.

Here is the top ten list of the most consistent tippers in Asia-Pacific:


1. Thailand -- 89 percent


2. Philippines -- 75 percent


3. Hong Kong -- 71 percent


4. India -- 61 percent


5. Australia -- 55 percent


6.= Malaysia -- 40 percent


6.= Indonesia -- 40 percent


8. Singapore -- 33 percent


9. Vietnam -- 30 percent


10. China -- 28 percent


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