Sydney: the most expensive travel destination in the Asia-Pacific

By Chris Chamberlin , February 21 2014
Sydney: the most expensive travel destination in the Asia-Pacific

Sydney is now the most expensive corporate travel destination in the Asia-Pacific region, outranking Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore, while Moscow, New York and Geneva are the world's costliest places for business travellers.

On the other hand, plan your next conference in Hyderabad, Manchester or Dublin and your business travel budget will stretch a long way, with that trio representing the cheapest of the 55 cities surveyed in a report compiled by international corporate services company Hogg Robinson Group.

Monitoring average room rate (ARR) costs for hotels, HRG notes that Sydney placed tenth most expensive in the world with an average room rate of A$315 in 2013, making it even more costly than Washington, London and Dubai.

Duking it out at the top of the global chart are New York with an ARR of A$411 per night in 2013, and Moscow's ARR of A$400 per night.

Closer to home, Hong Kong follows Sydney in eleventh place, Tokyo in fifteenth, and Singapore in sixteenth – although Tokyo saw the largest growth of these three cities with a 12.86% increase on its 2012 ARR to ¥26,792.43 (around A$291).

Overall, rate increases in the hotel industry generally remain slow but steady, with the biggest growth seen in Europe and the Americas.

In spite of flailing exchange rates, HRG suggests the world's ‘supercities’ are forging ahead and leading the world’s hotel prices on an upward spiral – evidenced by growth in cities like Barcelona and Beijing, where global exchange rates aren’t necessarily in their favour.

The full Hogg Robinson Group study can be found here.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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Is this measured solely by hotel rates?

Indeed it is.

This particular HRG study is based on hotel rates, as opposed to flights – the price of which varies depending on where you're travelling from, whereas hotel rates don't have this anomaly (aside from fluctuating exchange rates).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Interesting. I feel a need to point out that while hotel rates are doubtless a significant part of travel cost, particularly for business travel, they are not the be all and end all.

I was thinking of dining costs as well, and I do feel that Sydney is also incredibly expensive in that regard - especially compared to places like Singapore, where accommodation can be as expensive but food is cheap.

Those are great points watson374, and are definitely worth looking into for anyone planning a conference or business trip.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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Throw in rent a car,gas,taxis,wi fi that most sill charge for and the list goes on.

22 Feb 2014

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I went through the full Hogg Robinson Group study and wondered Kuala lumpur is no where in the list! Does Kuala lumpur not an important business destination in Asia-pacific?

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