Brisbane is the most expensive city in the world for business travellers, with Sydney and Perth also in the top five.
The Aussie trio outstrip London, New York, Paris and Zurich, according to a worldwide report by corporate travel and expense management firm Concur.
With Brisbane "still in the midst of the mining-related construction boom, accommodation costs have contributed significantly to its position at the top of the list" observes Michael Eberhard, Concur executive vice president and general manager APAC.
"These increases are influenced by the influx of Fly In, Fly Out workers to the city, and the growing importance of corporate hospitality to the Queensland economy.”
Concur's Expense IQ report says that Brisbane hotels cost A$331 per night on average, in comparison with A$211 in New York.
However, Melbournians can't afford an indulgent smile: the Victorian capital snared seventh place in the top ten, based on Concur's analysis of more than US$50 billion in its clients' corporate travel and entertainment spend.
"With the Australian dollar continuing to suffer, corporate travellers are having to not only contend with poor exchange rates, but also significantly higher dining and entertainment costs" Concur advises.
Sydney is rated the world's most expensive city for dining, with Concur reporting an average dining spend of $76 per person – that's $22 more than Paris and $19 more than London.
London, Shanghai, Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo remain the world's top destinations outside of the USA for business travellers, with US-bound flyers heading to New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston.
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