Sep 15, 2014 2:34 AM

Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid?

Marriott is placing envelopes in 160,000 hotel rooms beginning this week to encourage guests to leave tips.

The program is called "The Envelope Please." The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope.

So how much should you tip? Marriott CEO Arne (Ar-nee) Sorenson says $1 to $5 per night, depending on room rates, with more for high-priced suites.

Cornell Hotel School professor Michael Lynn has done research that found 30 percent of hotel guests don't tip the maid.

Marriott is launching the program with Maria Shriver, who founded an organization called A Woman's Nation to help empower women.

Shriver says many travelers don't know that tipping room attendants is customary.


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