Hong Kong has been named the costliest location in Asia for enterprise vacationers — for the second 12 months in a row, in line with a brand new report. 

ECA Worldwide’s newest Each day Charges analysis ranked nations primarily based on prices for brief journey bills: four-star resort rooms, meals, laundry, alcoholic and mushy drinks, journeys by taxi and incidental prices. 

The analysis goals to assist organizations anticipate the price of enterprise journeys and short-term assignments, the information firm mentioned. 

A enterprise journey now prices a mean of $520 a day in Hong Kong, which can also be ranked the sixteenth most costly location for enterprise journey on this planet. 

Most costly areas for enterprise journey in Asia

Vacation spot Each day prices
Hong Kong $520
Singapore $515
Tokyo, Japan $424
Shanghai, China $392
Seoul, South Korea $380
Dhaka, Bangladesh $376
Taipei, Taiwan $372
Beijing, China $371
Yokohama, Japan $350
Hsinchu, Taiwan $349

Supply: ECA Worldwide

That is regardless of low demand from enterprise vacationers, as Hong Kong carefully adopted mainland China’s powerful zero-Covid coverage. It was solely in late 2022 that it started to loosen up a few of its restrictions. 

“Lodge prices proceed to make up a majority of the general value of enterprise journey, and despite decrease occupancy ranges in 2022, marketed room charges [in Hong Kong] didn’t fall considerably,” Lee Quane, ECA Worldwide’s regional director for Asia, advised CNBC.

“This may increasingly have been as a result of demand from native residents, whereas resort properties may additionally have wanted to keep up their room charges to cowl extra prices related to sustaining providers in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The report relies on data collected in 2022, from 457 areas in over 190 nations, mentioned ECA Worldwide.

Singapore beats Tokyo

Singapore moved up one spot in ECA Worldwide’s rankings, overtaking Tokyo to turn into the second-most costly metropolis in Asia to go to for enterprise.

It is also ranked nineteenth globally. 

A enterprise journey to Singapore now prices a mean of $515 per day — $34 costlier than the 12 months earlier than, mentioned ECA Worldwide. 

It attributed rising prices in Singapore to its “early elimination of journey restrictions” in contrast with different areas in Asia, which sparked an increase in demand for journey to town.

“The ensuing enhance in demand contributed to rises in resort lodging prices, whereas prices related to different day by day necessities … additionally elevated at a quicker charge than different areas within the area,” Quane mentioned.

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Tokyo, which dropped from second- to third-most costly metropolis in Asia, additionally skilled a 5% rise in day by day prices for enterprise vacationers in native forex phrases.

“[However,] they have been offset by the yen’s depreciation towards the US greenback, resulting in the decline of a number of cities throughout Japan on this 12 months’s rankings,” Quane mentioned. 

“With common day by day prices of $424 per day [in Tokyo], enterprise journey to town is now nearly 20% cheaper than first-placed Hong Kong.” 

Inflation and forex depreciation 

Inflation in lots of areas throughout Asia has contributed to important will increase in enterprise journey prices in native forex phrases, mentioned ECA Worldwide. 

Sri Lanka, Laos and Pakistan noticed the biggest enhance in bills for vacationers, the report discovered. 

For instance, enterprise journey bills in Colombo, Sri Lanka have been 75% increased in native forex phrases than a 12 months earlier than, in line with the report. 

“This primarily stemmed from excessive inflation and forex depreciation, since some prices related to enterprise journey … are sometimes incurred in US {dollars} by international enterprise vacationers right here.” 

However not all Asian locations skilled the identical surge in journey prices.

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Standard vacationer locations, for instance, noticed “comparatively little change” in journey bills final 12 months, mentioned ECA Worldwide. 

“Cities like Pattaya and Chiang Mai in Thailand, alongside Denpasar in Indonesia, all witnessed small charges of development in native forex phrases in 2022, ranging between 1% and three%,” Quane mentioned.

That is as a result of decrease demand in these locations — in contrast with pre-pandemic ranges — have suppressed resort charges.

“Even a vacationer hub like Bangkok, which generally receives many enterprise vacationers, solely noticed a reasonable 4% enhance in enterprise journey prices,” Quane added. 

Singapore, in distinction, noticed a ten% rise in day by day prices of enterprise journey in native forex phrases. 

World’s most costly place

For yet one more 12 months, New York obtained the doubtful honor of being the costliest place on this planet for enterprise vacationers.

The typical day by day value of a enterprise journey in New York is now $796, in line with the report. 

Most costly areas for enterprise journey globally

Vacation spot Each day prices
New York, U.S. $796
Geneva, Switzerland $700
Washington DC, U.S. $658
Zurich, Switzerland $641
San Francisco, U.S. $609
Tel Aviv, Israel $595
Los Angeles, U.S. $584
London, U.Okay. $583
Luanda, Angola $564
Paris, France $557

Supply: ECA Worldwide

Journey prices have “rebounded strongly” in New York over the previous 12 months, because of a “post-pandemic surge” in demand for enterprise journey and tourism, mentioned Quane. 

Together with “inflation-driven value hikes on items” generally consumed by enterprise vacationers, journey prices grew by a stark 8%, he added. 

Different cities within the U.S. additionally dominated the worldwide prime 10 checklist, similar to Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

Three European locations made the checklist, with Switzerland remaining residence to the area’s two most costly cities for enterprise journey.