Traveling in Tibet during 2015? Tibet Travel Agency TCTS Updates Travelers on Tibetan Tipping Customs

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Now that travelers are arriving for their 2015 tours of Tibet, many are asking when tipping is appropriate. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) shares the details on who to tip and how much.

Now that summer is beginning to arrive in Tibet, the 2015 Tibet travel season has come right along with it. As experienced travelers know, tipping customs can vary dramatically around the world; however, those who are new to Tibet in 2015 need to be brought up to speed. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) emphasizes that travelers are not necessarily obligated to tip but local custom dictates that good service deserves a good tip. To help travelers prepare for their visit, Tibet travel agency TCTS shares the details.

  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guides are key to a successful tour. If customers are satisfied with the tour of Tibet, around 70 RMB per day is a good tip. In addition, drivers spend long hours ensuring travel groups make it safely from place to place. For drivers, 50 RMB per day is appropriate. A premium is appreciated for larger groups!
  • On a Tibet trekking tour that requires a yak for carrying equipment like sleeping bags and tents, 200 RMB for the trip is considered a good tip for the yak person.
  • Tipping hotel staff is also customary; for a porter, 10-20 RMB is sufficient if they bring luggage up to a hotel room (especially if they have to carry it up stairs), and 20 RMB is sufficient for the maid over a 2-3 day stay.

Tibetans take hospitality seriously and work very hard to help visitors enjoy their stay. While all of the tips can add a few hundred dollars to the trip, it will be money well spent; often travel staff rely on income from the tour season to last their familes the whole year. If the travel group enjoys the service they’ve received, an appropriate tip is customary. Now that the 2015 Tibet tour season has come into full swing, be sure to support the Tibetan community with good tips for good service!

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