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Here’s a tip… Glaswegians give the most when abroad

PEOPLE from Glasgow are the most generous tippers when holidaying abroad, a survey of 17 UK cities has found.

Only one in ten Glaswegians never gives a tip at bars while abroad, compared with about three in ten people from Brighton, Plymouth and Southampton.

Overall, just 3.5 per cent of people from Glasgow told researchers they never give taxi tips abroad.

The survey also suggests people living in Bristol are the least generous with gratuities while on holiday — with nearly a fifth (19.2 per cent) of those from the city never tipping taxis and the same proportion never giving housekeeping tips.

Nearly a third (32.1 per cent) of people from Liverpool always tip taxi drivers while overseas while nearly half (46.7 per cent) of those from Belfast always tip in restaurants, as do two-fifths (40 per cent) of people from Cardiff. Alana Parsons, of currency specialist Caxton FX, which polled more than 2,000 people about their tipping habits, said: ‘People don’t know if the tips go to the staff or just boost the profits of their employer, with 23 per cent citing this as a reason for not tipping.’

HOLIDAYMAKERS needing emergency medical treatment abroad made 153,000 insurance claims last year — one every three minutes. Payouts of £209million — the highest since 2010 — made up more than half the total bill for travel insurers of £399million. Cancelled trips accounted for more than a third of the total. It shows the value of policies costing £38 on average, said the Association of British Insurers.