One of my favorite industry annual reports comes from my good friends at the GBTA Foundation. If you don’t use this report in your annual forecasting and industry overviews, you need to.
In the report, the Best and Worst Travel Taxes in the U.S, the list of shame is definitely the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest discriminatory travel tax rates and the top 10 cities with the highest total tax burden.
For meeting planning, you should take the cities and locations on this list very seriously, as it can add significant attendee costs to the overall budget. In contrast, you should support cities on the lowest total tax burden and the top 10 cities with the lowest discriminatory travel taxes.
You can send a strong message to the politicians and bureaucrats that consciously target and add travel taxes to their cities by booking business somewhere else — where the tax burdens are not such an issue.