TripAdvisor.in, the world’s largest travel site*, has launched the inaugural version of TripIndex a cost comparison of 11 hot tourist & metropolitan cities in India as well as 50 key tourist cities around the world, tracked against the Indian Rupee. TripIndex is the first of its kind Travel Price Index which provides Indian travellers an insight into holiday spots that can fit their budget.
TripAdvisor’s TripIndex is based on the combined cost of one night’s accommodation, a core food item, a beverage and a taxi journey in each destination. Though the parameters for some of these basic items vary for the domestic and international cost analysis, it still gives a very credible benchmark for travellers to estimate expenditure and compare holiday spots based on their budget.
According to Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager TripAdvisor (India) "Value for money is an important consideration for Indian travellers while planning a holiday. TripIndex is a great measure to assess the hit on your wallet for some of the most visited cities in India and the world, and will certainly help travellers plan trips based on realistic expenditure estimates."
Life in a Metro
Stretching the Rupee
With a TripIndex cost of 6175, 6740 & 6125 respectively for Darjeeling, Goa and Kochi, these vacation hot spots may be less expensive than the metros but are at least 25% more expensive than both Jaipur and Agra.
For the Indian Globetrotter
Conveniently accessible Asia is the most affordable continent for Indians comprising of 4 of the 10 most affordable cities including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing & Macau.
Best Value International Cities
Dry Martini (`)
Sharm El Sheikh
Most Expensive International Cities
New York city
The full TripIndex is available at http://www.tripadvisor.in/InfoCenter-a_ctr.landerIN
The India TripIndex list comprises 11 popular tourist and metropolitan Indian cities. TripIndex prices include the following items in each destination:
Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below.
Hotels: Hotel prices shown specify the average cost of a three-star hotel found on TripAdvisor.In (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the summer travel period (June-August 2011).
Beer: Prices shown is the average cost of a pint of domestic beer of a popular Indian brand in a three star hotel found in each destination
Rice, pulse and vegetable:Meal prices shown specify the cost of one portion of rice, pulse and one vegetable from a three star hotel in each destination.
Taxi: Taxi prices shown specify the cost for hiring a taxi for 8 hours in each destination. In most cases, data was obtained from the local government or large taxi company operating in the area. Please note taxi prices will vary according to a number of factors, including number of passengers, pick-up/drop-off points, traffic, time of day, method of booking, luggage, etc.
All prices shown are as quoted by source.
The international TripIndex destination list comprises key cities from each of the 50 countries which receive the largest number of international tourist arrivals (data compiled by the UNWTO – United Nations World Tourism Organisation)
TripIndex prices out the following items in each destination:
Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below. Prices were taken in local currencies in May 2011 and converted to INR on 16th August 2011.
Hotels: Hotel prices shown specify the average cost of a four-star hotel found on TripAdvisor (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the summer travel period (June-August 2011).
Dry Martini: Dry Martini prices shown specify the cost of a traditional dry martini in one of the top three five-star hotels on TripAdvisor in each destination. Taxes and service are not included in the cost shown.
Pizza: Pizza prices shown specify the cost of a large cheese pizza from a globally-recognised chain in each destination. In the four destinations where globally-recognised pizza chains do not operate, an average cost was taken from three local pizzerias
Taxi: Taxi prices shown specify the cost of a five-mile taxi journey (8km) in each destination. In most cases, data was obtained from the local government or large taxi company operating in the area. In the approximately 30% of destinations where such information was not available, data was obtained from destination specialists. Please note taxi prices will vary according to a number of factors, including number of passengers, pick-up/drop-off points, traffic, time of day, method of booking, luggage, etc.