As the city’s tourism industry continues to grow, Hong Kong is now the eighth most expensive city in the world to buy a hotel club sandwich, an annual index shows.
With each sandwich costing an average price of HK$165, the city has jumped two places on the Club Sandwich Index on accommodation booking website Hotels.com from 10th last year.
It is the second most expensive city in Asia for such a sandwich, following Tokyo, which is one place higher.
Prices of club sandwiches in Hong Kong range from HK$228 in a five-star hotel to HK$70 in a three-star establishment, according to the index.
The index, in its third year, uses the club sandwich – the most common item on any hotel menu – as a rough indicator for the cost of visiting various destinations, said Alison Couper of the website.
“The majority of countries continue to display a decline in the price of a club sandwich, which is great news for travellers who are likely to get more for their money abroad,” said Couper.
Although Hong Kong has risen in the rankings, the average price for such a sandwich has dropped from HK$169 last year. Index compilers believed it was related to the depreciation of major currencies across Asian cities.
The global average price has also dropped by 7 per cent to HK$140 this year.
Geneva in Switzerland topped the index for the second year running, with an average price of HK$253 for each sandwich, followed by Paris, where it typically costs HK$228.
Helsinki (HK$189) in Finland came at the third, followed by Stockholm (HK$186) in Sweden, Oslo (HK$184) in Norway, London (HK$176) and Tokyo (HK$171).
Beijing, where diners fork out HK$105 on average for such a club sandwich, remains at 22nd, four places lower than Singapore (HK$119). India’s New Delhi (HK$68), remains the cheapest choice.
The average price on the index was calculated from 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, according to researchers. In total, 840 hotels were canvassed.