Travellers in Need of Knowledge about Tipping Says Latest Survey

Industry: Travel

1,000+ holidaymakers survey finds that information regarding expected tipping rates more important than legal issues or festivals

Lightwater, Surrey (PRUnderground) August 19th, 2011

Car hire comparison site has found that travellers prefer to seek advice on what the etiquette is when it comes to tipping rather than what festivities and festivals are available to them on their impending foreign holiday.

Research carried out by the car hire UK company questioned more than 1,000 online users about their travel needs. Tipping stood out as being the most important thing to know about for Brits when jetting off abroad.

The results were indicative of some European countries preferring people not to tip, while many places rely on tipping to pay waiting staff’s wages. Travellers’ worries ensue when they are not sure if they should tip, should not tip or indeed how much to tip – especially if there is a service charge added already. Managing Director, Gareth Robinson, commented: “Previously I have left a 15% tip at a restaurant and received a frosty reception from the waiter – and it seems a lot of UK travellers are just as unsure of what is expected when it comes to paying for food. The USA for instance expects a 15-20% tip although some European waiters may give you an odd look for over-paying. It’s something we’re adding detail to our site about to help people know what to tip and where.”

“It happens in hotels, taxis and restaurants, and people are more likely to enjoy their holiday if they feel comfortable in knowing what they should pay. The survey showed that travellers are more interested in knowing this than any legal issues or current affairs that country is having.”

The car rental site,, has won awards for providing the UK public with comparison deals from major hire car suppliers such as Sixt, Budget, Alamo, Holiday Autos and Auto Europe, and has succeeded in delivering 650,000 orders to date.

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About was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by 2006.

In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations.

Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.

The site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.

In 2008 was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in 2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/Price Comparison category. To book or for further information visit

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