LONDON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Geneva revealed to be the most expensive city for a Club Sandwich for the second year running.
Geneva has retained the top spot as the most expensive city in the world in which to order a Club Sandwich, at an average of £19.46, according to research released today by Hotels.com. Using the classic hotel staple of a chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich as a barometer of affordability, the Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI) offers holidaymakers an indication of the costs associated with their destination of choice.
The CSI average price is calculated from the real prices paid by guests for a Club Sandwich in 30 hotels in either the capital or an important tourist city in the 28 countries surveyed, across five, four and three star categories. In total, 840 hotels globally were canvassed.
Now in its third year, the Index reflects not only changes in the actual price of a Club Sandwich across the globe but also the effect of currency fluctuations. Travellers will be pleased to note that generally prices are falling: the Geneva average of £19.46, although higher than any other destination, was lower than the previous year's average (£19.96).
In the Swiss city, prices for the Club ranged from £25.82 in one five-star hotel to £9.17 in a three-star establishment. Gastronomic hub, Paris, held on to the number two spot with a new average of £17.53, followed by Helsinki which knocked Oslo out of the top three with £14.54 following an increase on the 2013 average cost in the Finnish capital.
India's New Delhi remained the cheapest destination for a Club Sandwich, with an average of just £5.24, although several other holiday favourites also appeared under the £10 threshold, including Madrid (£9.51), Rio de Janeiro (£8.74) and Bangkok (£7.15). Meanwhile, Sydney experienced the greatest decrease in its Club Sandwich price, falling from £13.46 in 2013 to £10.11 in 2014.
Alison Couper of the Hotels.com brand said: "The Club Sandwich Index offers travellers a simple price comparison to show how far their money may stretch in each country, using the most common item on any hotel menu. The majority of countries continued to display a decline in the price of a Club Sandwich, which is great news for travellers who will get more for their money abroad. The next time you're tucking into a Club in Geneva, remember you could have three more for your money in New Delhi!"
The Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index
Average 2013 Club 2014 2013 Sandwich ranking Country / City Average 2014 Club Sandwich Price ranking Price 1 Switzerland - Geneva GBP19.46 1 GBP19.96 2 France - Paris GBP17.53 2 GBP17.99 3 Finland - Helsinki GBP14.54 11 GBP12.94 4 Sweden - Stockholm GBP14.36 4 GBP15.15 5 Norway - Oslo GBP14.21 3 GBP17.51 6 UK - London GBP13.53 8 GBP13.53 7 Japan - Tokyo GBP13.20 7 GBP13.57 8 Hong Kong GBP12.69 10 GBP12.98 9 Italy - Rome GBP12.68 6 GBP14.59 10 Denmark - Copenhagen GBP12.51 5 GBP14.64 11 South Korea - Seoul GBP12.08 12 GBP12.16 12 Netherlands - Amsterdam GBP10.84 15 GBP10.92 13 USA - New York GBP10.74 13 GBP11.48 14 Germany - Berlin GBP10.29 16 GBP10.44 15 Australia - Sydney GBP10.11 9 GBP13.46 16 Ireland - Dublin GBP9.65 19 GBP9.87 17 Spain - Madrid GBP9.51 20 GBP9.68 18 Singapore GBP9.17 17 GBP10.11 19 Russia - Moscow GBP9.14 14 GBP11.06 20 Brazil - Rio de Janeiro GBP8.74 21 GBP9.44 21 Canada - Toronto GBP8.39 18 GBP10.00 =22 China - Beijing GBP8.09 22 GBP8.27 =22 Colombia - Bogota GBP8.09 25 GBP7.48 24 Taiwan - Taipei GBP7.41 26 GBP7.45 25 Thailand - Bangkok GBP7.15 24 GBP7.74 26 Argentina - Buenos Aires GBP6.19 22 GBP7.79 27 Mexico - Mexico City GBP5.84 27 GBP6.91 28 India - New Delhi GBP5.24 28 GBP5.97
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