Who are the biggest tippers in Asia Pacific?

Posted at 04/09/14 10:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Which country overtook Bangladesh as having the most generous tippers in Asia Pacific?

In a survey conducted by MasterCard across 16 Asia-Pacific markets, Thai consumers are shown to be the most generous when it comes to tipping.

In Thailand, tipping is common among 8 in 10 consumers.

Bangladesh consumers slipped to second place in the survey, with 80% saying they left a tip.

Indian consumers ranked third, with 78% saying they left a tip, followed by Filipino consumers (73%).

The research is based on a survey conducted between October and November 2013 with 7932 respondents aged 18 – 64 in 14 Asia/Pacific countries.

Across the Asia-Pacific region, 4 in 10 consumers on the average leave a tip behind after having a good meal in a restaurant.

“Tipping in Asia can be confusing because the region holds diverse views towards the practice. Cultural nuances can make tipping a rule of thumb in some Asian markets, while in others it can be discouraged or even considered rude," said Georgette Tan, group head, Communications, Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, MasterCard.

Meanwhile, tipping was the least common in Japan, where only 4% of respondents said they were accustomed to leaving a tip behind.

Consumers in South Korea (10%), Taiwan (12%) and New Zealand (12%) don't leave tips regularly.

Across the region, men (43%) appeared more inclined to leave behind a gratuity for service compared to women (36%).

Older consumers (above the age of 45) were also generally more likely to leave tips.