Mind the gap: dearest and cheapest cities for business visits

Irish business travellers and expat workers take note: take plenty of cash for Zurich, don’t lose your smartphone in Brazil, avoid renting a car in the UK, never smoke in Sydney, and let someone else buy the beer in Singapore.david-sapsted-2016-eurozone-woes-lead-to-southern-european-migration-to-uk_8302_t12

Deutsche Bank might be tagged as an institution better known for economic analyses and sober forecasts, but the German giant has an uber fun side too.
Over the last five years the bank has been providing insights into the world’s cheapest – and budget-crippling – cities.

Its latest report, Mapping the World’s Prices 2016 – has been dubbed the Sin City index, as it lists not just hotel prices, but what you’ll fork out for a beer, cigarette or a date night abroad.
Its Weekend Getaway index is sobering. Deutsche Bank calculates it as two nights’ stay at a five-star hotel, two pub meals for a couple, two restaurant dinners for a couple, car rentals for two days, two pints of beer, four litres of soft drinks and the purchase of a pair of jeans and a pair of sports shoes. Zurich comes in at a jaw-dropping $2,475, followed closely by Sydney.

London’s third ($2,226), while New York only makes seventh place ($1,763).
So if a weekend business trip is on the cards, make sure it’s to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where the same experience will cost a mere $688.

Southern Asia is a steal too – with Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore all under $1,000.