DUBLIN, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Annual Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI) names Geneva as the most expensive city for a Club Sandwich
- Geneva knocks Paris off the top spot as the most expensive city for a Club Sandwich at an average of over €23
- Dublin is one of the cheapest cities in Europe to purchase a Club Sandwich at just under €12
DUBLIN: 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 €23.35, according to research released today by Hotels.com. Using the classic hotel staple of a bacon, chicken, 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 tourist city of each country surveyed, across five, four and three star hotel categories. In total, 840 hotels globally were canvassed.
In the Swiss city, prices ranged from a whopping €39.78 to a more modest €12.87 for the humble 'Club'. Meanwhile in foodies paradise and last year's chat topper Paris, the average Club will set you back a mouth-watering €21.05.
India's New Delhi remained the cheapest destination to buy a Club Sandwich, with an average price of just €7. Few holiday favourites appeared under the €10 threshold, but those who did included Buenos Aires (€9.11) and Bangkok (€9.08).
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.
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:
Country City 2013 (Euro) 2012 (Euro) Place Change Switzerland Geneva 23.35 24.72 U1 France Paris 21.05 25.13 D1 Norway Oslo 20.48 23.16 0 Sweden Stockholm 17.72 16.81 U3 Denmark Copenhagen 17.18 14.33 U4 Italy Rome 17.13 18.39 D1 Japan Tokyo 15.93 21.00 D3 UK London 15.88 14.21 U2 Australia Sydney 15.8 15.01 D1 Hong Kong Hong Kong 15.23 13.94 U1 Finland Helsinki 15.19 17.21 D5 South Korea Seoul 14.27 13.72 0 USA New York 13.47 12.85 U2 Russia Moscow 12.98 12.44 U3 Netherlands Amsterdam 12.82 12.63 U1 Germany Berlin 12.25 13.49 D3 Singapore Singapore 11.87 11.23 U4 Canada Toronto 11.74 12.19 U1 Ireland Dublin 11.58 11.82 U1 Spain Madrid 11.36 12.30 D2 Brazil Rio De Janeiro 11.08 13.49 D7 China Beijing 9.7 11.00 0 Argentina Buenos Aires 9.11 8.13 U1 Thailand Bangkok 9.08 N/A NE Columbia Bogota 8.78 10.70 D2 Taiwan Taipei 8.75 N/A NE Mexico Mexico City 8.11 7.74 0 India Delhi 7 7.27 0
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