Paris, Oslo and Tokyo billed most expensive global cities
by Annie Byrne
Paris, Oslo, Tokyo and Amsterdam have beaten the competition to be named the most expensive destinations for business travellers for 2010 among 100 global cities in a report by Business Travel News magazine.Five UK cities made the top 100, with London (central) as the 25th most expensive city in the world, Edinburgh (58th) and Manchester(62nd) following behind. In equal 76th place was Birmingham and Glasgow. The capital’s average cost was $410 per daily.The magazine’s annual Corporate Travel Index for 2010 compares the cost of hotels, car rental and meals in the business-travel destinations and reports that the top billing city costs an average business traveller US$526 per day, compared to the lowest ranked Guatemala City with $165.The average cost of a daily hotel rate was US$347.86. Paris was followed by Oslo ($508), Tokyo ($492), Amsterdam ($488) and Geneva ($488). New York topped BTN’s list as the most-expensive US travel destination, at an average per diem of $622.47, followed by Washington ($563.82), White Plains, NY ($498.52); Boston ($493.19) and Detroit ($474.32). The least-expensive locale for business travel among the 100 ranked cities was Akron, Ohio, at $255.70 a day.