Tips are very important to the personal economy of the average Jamaican person working at Negril's resorts, restaurants, bars, taxis and other services.
Some all-inclusives do not allow tipping of any kind whatsoever so please do not tip their help or they may lose their job if you do.
Beach minstrels and vendors support themselves entirely on tips. In all cases, please be generous to those Jamaicans with whom you deal if you like them and you like the level of service which they have provided to you. Tourists need to be aware of and hopefully empathize with the poverty of average Jamaican working people in the tourist trade.
Generous tipping is easier to do when its done in a charitable spirit (this is not charity per se, because that is a term that might offend Jamaican pride). Charitably given large tips will bring much joy to their recipients. It will also make you givers feel a whole lot better about yourselves, when you consider the average Jamaican workers income level compared to yours.
Generous tipping has the side benefit of making the recipients appreciate you and want to watch over you and watch your back so to speak just as you would if you were in similar circumstances. So this is a means by which to inconspicuously contribute to the lower income people in Jamaica as well as to endear yourself to some of them.
We don't think that Jamaica overall is considered to be a 3rd world country, but there are portions of it and of Negril that are considered as such. So, to folks who reside in these impoverished places, they see those who can afford to fly to Jamaica and stay at Negril's expensive resorts, as being rich.
Negril's Low Income Resort Workers
Therefore, even if you are stretching your finances just to take your vacation in Negril, you should realize that those who are less fortunate than you will be viewing you as being well off. So they might become offended and resent it if you don't tip them at least a little something when they do good work for you. So be sure to stretch your budget a little further and bring some tip money for the needy, low income people in Negril.
Negril's economy is based quite signicantly upon tourism which means that your visit helps to create and keep jobs in Negril. Most of the Jamaican people want to do honest work for their living so their small jobs in the resorts are very dear to them. Unfortunately, Negril's resorts pay most of their help low wages therefore there is not a big trickle down effect from your resort money to the average local Jamaican workers and their families. This leaves a need for some good tipping, just to give these hard working but needy folks a much appreciated boost in their lives.
And this doesn't mean just tipping your bartenders, waiter / waitresses, baggage carriers and taxi / tour drivers whom most people do tip normally. Don't forget your room cleanup help and the desk people who might assist you quietly and unassumedly during your stay. $5 or $10 USD tips given here and there for small tasks can be a big help to these needy folks. If you can afford it, please tip even more. You'll be glad you did!
Generous Tips Generate Appreciation
You can well believe that every Jamaican will greatly appreciate any gratuities rendered and they will invariably do extras for those who give them. A few $5's and $10's (USD) and maybe even, for those of you who are better off, a few $20's spread around on your visit can be very helpful to a whole lot of folks who are just trying to eck out a meager but honest living.
Decent tipping also prevents the kind of child begging which is not yet being done in Jamaica, but which could begin to manifest at any time (as it already has in so many of the world's impoverished countries).
Courtesy of Negril.com:
Negril.com's message board and Trip Advisor's Negril Forum have many daily threads that provide travelers with much up-to-date tourist information.
Owners, Managers and Patrons of All of Negril's Enterprises
All encyclopedias rely upon experts to provide them with authoritative and true articles about their subjects and this video encyclopedia is no exception. However, the articles that we use here are in photo and video form, so the experts whom we must rely upon to produce them are Negril's enterprise owners, managers and their patrons. After all, who is better quailfied to provide good visual information than these folks who have valid, first-hand knowledge about each of Negril's resorts, restaurants, clubs, shops, road stands, attractions and activities?
Therefore, we here request Negril's enterprise owners to record for us a brief digital video welcoming people to their enterprise and describing its attributes (preferably with them and some of their staff and / or their patrons in it). This will humanize their enterprise to the public by being a very friendly and inviting way of encouraging people to come to Negril for their vacations.
Other Videos and Photos
Enterprise owners (and their patrons) may also provide us with separate additional videos of some of the unique, interesting things that occur within their enterprises.
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Promote Negril's Mini & Micro Businesses
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Get the Word Out!
Any loyal patrons of any enterprise in Negril which has not yet taken advantage of our offer to build, improve and / or customize their page at no charge, should pass this offer along to those enterprise owners whom they know well enough to suggest it.
Videos Humanize Each Enterprise
All videos and photos of Negril's enterprises will greatly humanize and express the true ambiance of each of them. This can help allay potential visitor's fears of the unknown and increase each enterprise's chance of obtaining their patronage.
E-mail or Snail-mail Visual Data to Us
Just upload their video(s) onto You Tube and then e-mail us their link(s) to email@example.com. We'll then approriately categorize and embed these You Tube'd video(s) onto their page and onto any other appropriate pages within this website.
If the video(s) can't be uploaded to You Tube, then just e-mail them to us as a file attachment. Send these also to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, people may snail-mail cd-rom(s) of their video(s) to Alex Hanson at 6542 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626. When we receive these videos, we will check them for quality and then load them right onto You Tube and embed them onto all of the appropriate pages within this Vidia to which they might apply.
Each digital video embedded on this Vidia is also shown on You Tube, so it becomes a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, goodwill ambassador that will promote that particular Negril enterprise - world-wide!