- TD First Class Travel International Etiquette Poll finds 77% of
Albertans are travelling this summer but 56% are unsure about tipping
CALGARY, May 17 /CNW/ - Whether they're relaxing on a beach in Mexico or
dining out in New York, the majority of Albertans admit they are
apprehensive when it comes to understanding cultural idiosyncrasies and
tipping etiquette when holidaying overseas, according to the TD First
Class Travel International Etiquette Poll.
The poll found three quarters of Albertans (77%) are planning on
travelling this summer, with 27% vacationing outside of Canada. Despite
their love for exploring new places and cultures, many Albertans
confess gratuities, tipping and service fees on vacation leave them
feeling unsure and confused (56% and 15% respectively).
"While travelling is an amazing life experience, surprises on your bill
or in your budget are not," says Stacie Pearson, Associate Vice
President, TD Credit Cards. "A good travel rewards card will give you
the freedom and flexibility to redeem points for all travel-related
expenses, including fun-filled excursions or unanticipated airport
taxes and tipping."
The poll suggested that staying on budget while travelling is important
to Canadians: 71% of Canadians who redeemed or used travel rewards
points in the past 12 months say those travel rewards helped them
afford their travel plans this year. Understanding local customs, such
as tipping, can also help to maximize a travel budget.
Tipping while travelling
Perplexed about tipping standards, 56% of Albertans admit they err on
the side of caution and tip service providers overseas what they would
at home: 10-15%.
"Leaving a gratuity in an unfamiliar currency can be confusing and
frustrating, because every country has a different standard. For
example, it's customary to tip wait staff 15-20% in the US, but in
Europe service charges are often included in the bill and in Australia
you're not expected to tip at all," says Pearson. "Before you travel
overseas, you should always check to see what is customary. Under
tipping can be embarrassing, but over tipping can really impact your
Avoiding a cultural faux pas overseas
When asked to identify cultural faux pas in foreign countries, many
Albertans were mistaken. For example, three-quarters (74%) thought
Argentineans ate early dinners and 53% thought it was okay to split
restaurant bills in Paris. But the majority knew it's illegal to chew
gum in Singapore (76%) and offensive to smile in some historical sites
in Vietnam (87%).
"Local customs vary widely from country to country, so it's important to
learn the social etiquette before you go," say Pearson. "In countries
like Mexico, it's common to barter with merchants when shopping at
local markets, but in some places, like Paris, discussing money is
When it comes to cultural immersion, Albertans are divided. Many (72%)
admit they like to experience the sites of a new country without giving
up the comforts of home, 10% like to immerse themselves in the local
culture, and 18% aren't as interested in experiencing the culture as
they are in relaxing at a resort.
"Whether you like to travel off the beaten path or relax in a resort,
ensure you get the most out of your travel rewards program by using a
credit card that gives you the control to redeem your points for any
travel booked with any travel provider and the flexibility to redeem
your points towards whatever type of travel you prefer, whether it's on
a train, plane or automobile," says Pearson.
About the TD First Class Travel International Etiquette Poll Survey:
From March 30 to April 5, 2011, Research House conducted a national
online omnibus survey of 1,000 Canadian adults, including 126 Alberta
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