The Inside Scoop on Gratuities
Why many planners have cut back on hotel gratuities
by Loren G. EdelsteinJanuary 1, 2013
More than one-quarter
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of meeting planners have reduced what they spend on meetings-related tips in recent years. Why the tighter pockets? Sixty percent of respondents to a recent M&C
poll say they're more mindful of spending, and 48 percent point out that more venues now include service charges, among other reasons.
cite the growing prevalence of service charges as one reason they've cut back on gratuities. 76%
give gratuities in cash, 46 percent bill tips to the master account, 12 percent give gift cards and 8 percent give presents. 45%
of meeting planners are required to submit receipts or other documentation for all tips, while 24 percent must do so for tips above a set dollar amount.81%
distribute gratuities after the event. Just 1 percent tip in advance.
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Source: M&C Research survey of 153 meeting planners