GBTA Reveals Best & Worst Travel Taxes in US

Posted by Kevin Iwamoto on 12/13/2013

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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.


Cvent and Lanyon Announce Merger

Posted by Lanyon on 11/29/2016

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Lanyon, a meetings and travel software company, released a new version of its Smart Events Cloud platform that features a number of significant enhancements, a simplified user interface and improved scalability.


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Meetings and Conventions Magazine — 5 Tips to Make Your Event More Environmentally Friendly — May 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 05/11/2016

Earth Day fell on April 22 this year. As happens every year, people from around the world agreed on that day to turn off lights, reflect on ways to make our planet cleaner and take steps to reduce waste. 
As we in this industry know, bringing together thousands of people can create a great deal of waste and emissions. However, we can make conscious decisions every day, at every event, to make sure we are doing all that we can to make our events environmentally friendly.

Read the original article here.


Lanyon Selected to Power GBTA’s Worldwide Events

Posted by Lanyon on 05/02/2016

Dallas, Texas (April 28, 2016) — Lanyon, a global leader in meetings, events and travel software, today announced that the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has selected the company’s RegOnline® software to power their global events. The agreement reinforces Lanyon’s commitment to provide best-in-class software to the association marketplace.


How Dreamforce Mastered Event Registration With Salesforce’s Scott Owens

Posted by Lanyon on 04/25/2016

Salesforce, the world’s leading CRM technology provider, is one of the most recognizable names in the tech industry. And with over 172,000 attendees, their flagship event, Dreamforce, is the largest software conference on Earth. They’re also a Lanyon customer.


PCMA Convene – 5 Tips to Max Out Your Mobile Event App – April 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 04/11/2016

If you’ve attended an event, or even walked around any street recently, it’s a safe bet you saw a lot of folks walking around with their heads down, eyes trained on their smartphones, thumbs busily scrolling up and down their screens.

What’s so awesome about their phones? Most likely, they were engaged with an app. 


...read the original article here.


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