Thais nationals have emerged as the most frequent tippers in the Asia-Pacific region in a survey recently conducted by MasterCard Worldwide _ an achievement which has raised eyebrows in some quarters since tipping in the Kingdom is far from being the norm it has become in other nations.
The poll was conducted from April 24 to June 10 via an online questionnaire plus a battery of interviews, both face-to-face and over the telephone. There were 6,904 respondents in all, aged 18 to 64, living in 14 different countries in this region.
MasterCard pollsters concluded that an average of 41% of Asia-Pacific consumers give tips in restaurants or bars. Top of the heap was Thailand where 89% of those surveyed said they regularly leave tips, with men (90%) claiming to be generous slightly more often than women (89%).
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