Taxes levied specifically on travel-related services increased the total tax bill for a traveler by a whopping 58 percent in 2013, according to a new report released December 10 by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).
The annual study examines hotel lodging, car rentals and restaurant meal taxes in the top 50 U.S. destination cities, which are regularly used to fund local projects unrelated to tourism and business travel.
The study presents several views of travel taxes to help readers make informed choices. The top 50 markets are ranked by overall travel tax burden, including general sales tax and discriminatory travel taxes, and by discriminatory travel tax burden, excluding general sales taxes to count only taxes that target car rentals, hotel stays and meals.
The top 10 U.S. cities where travelers incur the highest total tax burden in central city locations, factoring in general sales taxes and discriminatory travel taxes, are:
New York, NY
Kansas City, MO
The top 10 U.S. cities where travelers incur the lowest total tax burden in central city locations, factoring in general sales taxes and discriminatory travel taxes, are:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Myers, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Orange County, CA
More information at www.gbta.org.