Tipping by Region

Turning the tables on service charges

Johnny Tang is 22, has bleached blond hair, piercings and tattoos halfway up his arm. He might look like an unconventional waiter, but Tang's attitude is what really sets him apart. It's easy to see he's happy in his job and also very good at it.

Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am

Tip in the balance

I'm planning a holiday to New York in a couple of weeks, and apart from the problem of wanting to eat at more than 20 restaurants in six days, I'm having tip anxiety.

I was born and raised in the United States, so tipping is not new to me. I'm fully aware that in America, while tipping wait staff in restaurants is ostensibly voluntary, in reality, it's an obligation.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tour guides hit by euro rise seek better tips

An increasingly expensive euro is prompting tour operators, who get paid in Hong Kong dollars, to demand more tips when taking tour groups to Europe.

The Travel Industry Council will debate the issue tomorrow.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

'Service' fee doesn't go to those who serve

Restaurants add 10pc, but it's not for the staff

It is a question one restaurateur has asked himself on more than one occasion when he feels guilty tallying up another substantial month's takings at his upscale restaurant on the south side of Hong Kong Island.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am