Tipping Guides in Morocco

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Mar 5th, 2016, 04:41 PM
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Tipping Guides in Morocco

2 of us will be doing a 5 day excursion with a private driver/guide from Fez to Marrakech. We understand that he will take care of his own accommodations but are we expected to pay for food/lunches etc. along the way? How much tip should we pay for each day? Should we pay the tip each day or give him the whole tip at the end of the trip? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Mar 6th, 2016, 02:28 AM
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Hi There,

How far is the Fez from Marrakech?
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Mar 6th, 2016, 08:15 AM
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Our drivers take care of accommodation and food so your driver should do the same!regarding the tip,leave it to the end of the trip in an envelope with a little thank you letter. How much depends on his behavior and if he's doing his job as it should be so maybe between 10 &15 € per day.safe travels.
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Mar 7th, 2016, 12:32 AM
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Wages are low in Morocco as the cost of living is also so low. A cleaner might earn only 50dh/day, a manual labourer 100 dh. A driver who speaks languages typically earns 250-300 dh. So tipping someone 15€ (165 dh) a day is totally inappropriate. You can get a perfectly decent midday meal for 25-40 dh, so would you really tip four times this?

You posted the same enquiry on Lonely Planet, so I've copied in my response from there...

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Americans seem to always be agonising over tipping.

Morocco is a totally different culture. In Morocco you spend (or should spend) a lot of time haggling to get prices down to a reasonable level. Once you have both agreed a price why would you then voluntarily give more?

And no, of course you should not pay for his lunch. And beware of prices at places he takes you—restaurants, cafes, shops, as often there are special tourist prices and kickbacks to drivers involved.

This isn't of course restricted to Morocco; in America's Bible Belt I remember seeing a painted notice on the ground where coaches pull in offering drivers incentives to point their passengers towards a particular bible store in the shopping complex.
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Mar 7th, 2016, 08:23 AM
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Hi medicounty. We are doing a circuitous route from Fez to Morocco that will take five days.

Thanks everyone for the info. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Mar 9th, 2016, 01:59 PM
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Look! What @TimCullis said is inappropriate! You're underestimating people's wages in Morocco! A waiters wage in a 5* is 8000 dhs with tip he makes 1300 $ per month, we pay our drivers 5000 dhs per month with tips it is almost 900$ per month. A nice,kind guy and knowledgeable with a good service must get a good tip they depend on your tip and the ones tip to live better at the end it's your decision.enjoy your time in Morocco,moroccan people love tourists.
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