Geneva…Leader of the 'Club'

                         Geneva…Leader of the 'Club'    PR Newswire    DUBLIN, Ireland, May 13, 2014  DUBLIN, Ireland, 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 €23.57, 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.   (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120628/540164 )  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.  In the Swiss city, prices for the Club ranged from €31.27 in one five-star hotel to €11.10 in a three-star establishment. Gastronomic hub, Paris, held on to the number two spot with a new average of €21.23, followed by Helsinki which knocked Oslo out of the top three with €17.61 following an increase on the 2013 average cost in the Finnish capital.  India'sNew Delhi remained the cheapest destination for a Club Sandwich, with an average of just €6.35, although several other holiday favourites also appeared under the €10 threshold, including Beijing (€9.80), Buenos Aires (€7.50) and Bangkok (€8.66). Meanwhile, Sydney experienced the greatest decrease in its Club Sandwich price, falling from €15.80 in 2013 to €12.24 in 2014.  Kate Hopcraft of Hotels.com 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. Half the countries surveyed 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                 EUR23.57                1    EUR23.35         2     France - Paris                       EUR21.23                2    EUR21.05         3     Finland - Helsinki                   EUR17.61               11    EUR15.19         4     Sweden - Stockholm                   EUR17.39                4    EUR17.72         5     Norway - Oslo                        EUR17.21                3    EUR20.48         6     UK - London                          EUR16.38                8    EUR15.88         7     Japan - Tokyo                        EUR15.99                7    EUR15.93         8     Hong Kong                            EUR15.37               10    EUR15.23         9     Italy - Rome                         EUR15.36                6    EUR17.13        10     Denmark - Copenhagen                 EUR15.15                5    EUR17.18        11     South Korea - Seoul                  EUR14.63               12    EUR14.27        12     Netherlands - Amsterdam              EUR13.13               15    EUR12.82        13     USA - New York                       EUR13.01               13    EUR13.47        14     Germany - Berlin                     EUR12.46               16    EUR12.25        15     Australia - Sydney                   EUR12.24                9    EUR15.80        16     Ireland - Dublin                     EUR11.69               19    EUR11.58        17     Spain - Madrid                       EUR11.52               20    EUR11.36        18     Singapore                            EUR11.10               17    EUR11.87        19     Russia - Moscow                      EUR11.07               14    EUR12.98        20     Brazil - Rio de Janeiro              EUR10.58               21    EUR11.08        21     Canada - Toronto                     EUR10.16               18    EUR11.74        =22    China - Beijing                      EUR9.80                22    EUR9.70        =22    Colombia - Bogota                    EUR9.80                25    EUR8.78        24     Taiwan - Taipei                      EUR8.97                26    EUR8.75        25     Thailand - Bangkok                   EUR8.66                24    EUR9.08        26     Argentina - Buenos Aires             EUR7.50                22    EUR9.11        27     Mexico - Mexico City                 EUR7.07                27    EUR8.11        28     India - New Delhi                    EUR6.35                28    EUR7.00  About Hotels.com  Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking website with more than 260,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, negotiating the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. Regular customer e-newsletters provide exclusive offers and advance warning of up-coming sales. There are more than 11 million reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will refund the difference.Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at http://www.hotels.com/deals/mobile enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. For the last eight years, Hotels.com has published an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index which is now produced in 31 individual country editions http://press.hotels.com/en-gb/ . Hotels.com is part of Expedia Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.  Contact: For further information contact: Sarah Doyle / Anna McCarthy , Pembroke Communications, 01-6496486, hotels@pembrokecomms.ie  
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