The GBTA Foundation does some really excellent research and reporting. If you haven't seen their most recent listing of the best and worst cities when it comes to travel taxes, you should make this annual report a go-to resource for your budgeting and reporting processes.
The most common areas for taxation still remain with hotels and car rentals. I recently rented a compact car in Las Vegas and the rental should have been less than $100 but ended up going over $100 because of local taxes, surcharges, facility charges, new rental terminal assessment fees, etc.
USA Today featured some of the highlights of the report but to get the full report, click here. It is free for GBTA members, and at a cost for non-members.
GBTA is also warning corporations that there could be an increase on the TSA tax; so keep your eyes and ears open to any developments in that area.
If you're a meeting planner or executive, you need to pay attention to the cities on the list as they could add exponential costs to your meeting/event budgets. And don't forget ancillary fees from airlines and hotels – you need to factor those costs into budgets as well. Ultimately, we all need to acknowledge and recognize that taxes, surcharges and fees add to the Total Cost of Attendee (TCOA). Much like the corporate travel executives have honed in on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), I propose we in this industry start focusing on TCOA.
Congratulations to my good friend, Joe Bates, VP of Research for the GBTA Foundation, for this outstanding resource as well as the group's other valuable research products.