LONDON, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Annual Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI) names Geneva as the most expensive city for a Club Sandwich, while UK comes eighth
Geneva has taken over from Paris as the most expensive city in the world in which to order a Club Sandwich, at an average of £19.96, 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 cost of living 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 the capital or an important tourist city of each country surveyed, across five, four and three star categories. In total, 840 hotels globally were canvassed.
Now in its second 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, on the whole, prices are falling: the Genevan average of £19.96, although higher than any other destination, is also lower than last year's most expensive, which was £20.43 in Paris.
In the Swiss city, prices for the 'Club' ranged from £34.33 in one five-star hotel to a more reasonable £9.27 in a three-star establishment. Gastronomic hub and last year's chart topper, Paris, this year slipped to number two with a new average of £17.99, followed by Oslo, which held on to the third spot with £17.51.
In the UK the average Club Sandwich came in at £13.53, with prices ranging from £26 to £6, putting Britain eighth on the table.
New Delhi remained the cheapest destination to buy a Club Sandwich, with an average of just £5.97, although several other holiday favourites also appeared under the £10 threshold, including Madrid (£9.68), Rio de Janeiro (£9.44) and Bangkok (£7.74).
Alison Couper from Hotels.com said: "The Club Sandwich, available on hotel menus across the globe, is the perfect spending barometer, helping tourists factor into their travel plans the everyday cost of simple items such as food and drink. The price changes when comparing 2013 to 2012 hide a complex story of factors from changes in the local price of basic food items through to currency fluctuations. The beauty of the CSI is that we are able to offer travellers a simple price comparison to show how far their money may stretch in each country."
The Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI) 2013:
Average Club Sandwich Ranking Price Ranking held in (GBP) in in 2013 Country / City Average Club Sandwich Price (GBP) in 2013 2012 2012 1 Switzerland - Geneva GBP19.96 2 GBP20.10 2 France - Paris GBP17.99 1 GBP20.43 3 Norway - Oslo GBP17.51 3 GBP18.83 4 Sweden - Stockholm GBP15.15 7 GBP13.67 5 Denmark - Copenhagen GBP14.64 9 GBP11.65 6 Italy - Rome GBP14.59 5 GBP14.95 7 Japan - Tokyo GBP13.57 4 GBP17.07 8 UK - London GBP13.53 10 GBP11.55 9 Australia - Sydney GBP13.46 8 GBP12.20 10 Hong Kong GBP12.98 11 GBP11.33 11 Finland - Helsinki GBP12.94 6 GBP13.99 12 South Korea - Seoul GBP12.16 12 GBP11.15 13 USA - New York GBP11.48 15 GBP10.45 14 Russia - Moscow GBP11.06 17 GBP10.11 15 Netherlands - Amsterdam GBP10.92 16 GBP10.27 16 Germany - Berlin GBP10.44 13 GBP10.97 17 Singapore GBP10.11 21 GBP9.13 18 Canada - Toronto GBP10.00 19 GBP9.91 19 Ireland - Dublin GBP9.87 20 GBP9.61 20 Spain - Madrid GBP9.68 18 GBP10.00 21 Brazil - Rio De Janeiro GBP9.44 14 GBP10.97 22 China - Beijing GBP8.27 22 GBP8.94 23 Argentina - Buenos Aires GBP7.79 24 GBP6.61 24 Thailand - Bangkok GBP7.74 n/a n/a 25 Colombia - Bogota GBP7.48 23 GBP8.70 26 Taiwan - Taipei GBP7.45 n/a n/a 27 Mexico- Mexico City GBP6.91 25 GBP6.29 28 India - New Delhi GBP5.97 26 GBP5.91
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