MUMBAI, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
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 Rs. 1,965, 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.
In the Swiss city, prices for the Club ranged from Rs. 2,607 in one five-star hotel to Rs. 926 in a three-star establishment. Gastronomic hub, Paris, held on to the number two spot with a new average of Rs. 1,770, followed by Helsinki which knocked Oslo out of the top three with Rs. 1,468
India's New Delhi remained the cheapest destination for a Club Sandwich, with an average of just Rs. 529, although several other holiday favourites also appeared under the Rs. 1,000 threshold, including Madrid Rs. 960, Rio de Janeiro Rs. 883 and Bangkok Rs. 722. Meanwhile, Sydney experienced the greatest decrease in its Club Sandwich price, falling from Rs 1,114 in 2013 to Rs 1,021 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 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 Sandwich 2014 2013 Price in ranking Country / City Average 2014 Club Sandwich Price in Rs ranking Rs 1 Switzerland - Geneva 1965 1 1652 2 France - Paris 1770 2 1489 3 Finland - Helsinki 1468 11 1071 4 Sweden - Stockholm 1450 4 1254 5 Norway - Oslo 1435 3 1449 6 UK - London 1366 8 1120 7 Japan - Tokyo 1333 7 1123 8 Hong Kong 1281 10 1074 9 Italy - Rome 1280 6 1207 10 Denmark - Copenhagen 1263 5 1211 11 South Korea - Seoul 1220 12 1006 12 Netherlands - Amsterdam 1095 15 904 13 USA - New York 1085 13 950 14 Germany - Berlin 1039 16 864 15 Australia - Sydney 1021 9 1114 16 Ireland - Dublin 974 19 817 17 Spain - Madrid 960 20 801 18 Singapore 926 17 837 19 Russia - Moscow 923 14 915 20 Brazil - Rio de Janeiro 883 21 781 21 Canada - Toronto 847 18 828 22 China - Beijing 817 22 684 23 Colombia - Bogota 817 25 619 24 Taiwan - Taipei 748 26 616 25 Thailand - Bangkok 722 24 640 26 Argentina - Buenos Aires 625 22 645 27 Mexico - Mexico City 590 27 572 28 India - New Delhi 529 28 494
Notes to editor
2014 Club Sandwich Index 'average Club Sandwich price' was converted from local currency to Indian Rupee, exchange rate correct as of 15th April 2014 (e.g. 1GBP to 100.982INR). 2013 Club Sandwich Index 'average Club Sandwich price' was converted from local currency to Indian Rupee, exchange rate correct as of 24th April 2013 (e.g. 1GBP to 82.75INR).
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