Tourism Malaysia

High price of eating

While the ranking of cities that are more expensive to eat in has changed, prices overall have dipped slightly.

GENEVA in Switzerland has taken over from Paris as the most expensive city in the world in which to order a club sandwich.

Using the classic hotel staple of a chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich as a barometer of affordability, the Club Sandwich Index (CSI) offers holidaymakers an indication of the cost of living associated with their destination of choice (see graphic).

The CSI average price is calculated from the real prices paid by guests for a club sandwich in 30 hotels in the capital or an important tourist city of each country surveyed, across five, four and three star categories.

In total, 840 hotels globally were canvassed.

As a whole, prices have dipped slightly, as Geneva’s RM95 is still cheaper than last year’s most expensive at RM103!

Rounding up the Top 10 are Rome (5), Tokyo (4), London (10), Sydney (8) and Hong Kong (11) in that order – in brackets are their positions last year.

Other Asian cities that made the list are Singapore – 17, Beijing – 22, Bangkok – 24, and Taipei – 26. But New Delhi, at 28, is the cheapest city in the world for a club sandwich at RM28.32.

And inspired by the CSI, the five-star Hullett House Hotel in Hong Kong has partnered with to create the world’s most luxurious club sandwich. Nestling between the crustless, lightly toasted three slices of bread, hungry travellers will find beluga caviar, A5 Wagyu beef, Balik salmon, sliced black pork bacon, Iberico ham, Belgian figs, sliced Roma tomato, Romaine lettuce, cucumber, French chicken, Italian organic egg, mayonnaise, mesclun salad and green asparagus.

It’s all yours for just RM193.77(!) and will be available till Aug 31 at The Parlour.

Since we’re on the subject of food, Malaysia has bagged the Best Destination for Food Drink (International) Award at Lonely Planet Magazine India (LPMI) Travel Awards 2013.

For the second year running, LPMI invited the country’s increasingly sophisticated travellers to choose their favourite destinations, preferred travel facilitators and most treasured travel experiences.

Nominations for some of the awards were shortlisted by a panel of travel experts and professionals, and LPMI readers voted both online and in the magazine.

Cuisine in Melaka


12 September 2012 | last updated at 08:46AM
Malacca to set up archaeology institute


Heritage-rich Malacca plans to set up an institute of archaeology, with the help of the Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ICR) of Rome, in an effort to produce skilled manpower in the restoration of museum artefact.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the institute would be allocated an initial grant of RM2 million from the Heritage Fund to carry out its operations.
“In Malaysia, we have yet to have such an institute to train skilled workers in repair work and restoration of museum artefact. It is time that Malacca set up this institute with the help of the ICR.

“For a start, the institute will operate as an academy before being upgraded to a skills institute in repair work and restoration of artefact, painting and pottery for public display,” he said after visiting the ICR in Rome on Friday.

ICR director Giseela Capponi was on hand to brief the Malaysian entourage, led by Malacca Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob.

Other members of the entourage included Malacca Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Wira Latiff Tamby Chik and Malacca Museum Corporation general manager Datuk Khamis Abas.

After visiting the Vatican City, Khalil and Ali had a discussion with Professor Leigh Robinson of Scotland’s Stirling University on sports development.

Ali also attended a product update event organised by Tourism Melaka. Bernama