Government Connections - Winter 2014 - (Page 23)
FOR OUR MEMBERS
How Have the New Per Diem Rates
Affected Your Area?
After having a two-year freeze on per diem
rates, the City of Hampton, VA, welcomes the $6
increase we received. Prior to sequestration and
the suspension of federal government travel, a
large percentage of Hampton's group business
came from our local military and Department
Although the per diem rate increase is
welcomed, we will not see the additional revenue
due to reduced government travel; however, we are
happy to see the per diem for our area moving in the right direction.
We remain positive and look forward to the future when our
government can hold important and effective conferences again.
Training and recertification for government travelers is very important
and will be missed by these individuals. Those of us in the industry will
also miss the continued relationships with our travel partners as well as
the revenue their travel provides.
The new government per diem rates vary widely
based on a city's location in the state of Texas.
While Fort Worth, Texas, enjoys a per diem lodging
rate of $139; Dallas,Texas, which is 30 miles away
from Fort Worth, has a per diem lodging rate of
$113. The standard rate for Texas for any city not
listed in the GSA schedule is dramatically lower
at $77. It makes it very difficult for state agencies
to budget for future conferences and meetings,
especially if a destination has not been chosen. It
also makes it very difficult for state agencies to develop a budget for
the next two-year budget cycle when traveling costs vary so widely in
Jim Zukowski, CGMP, Independent Contract Planner
San Antonio Alamo Chapter & Texas Lone Star Capital Chapter
Michelle J. Hergenrother, CMP, Senior Group Sales Manager
Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau
National Capital Chapter & Old Dominion Chapter
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2014
Fitness Breaks Recharge the Body and Mind
Per Diem – Familiar but Sometimes Misunderstood
Costs of the Fy2014 Funding Squeeze
Six Technology Solutions to Help Your Meeting Run Smoother
Meet a Member
Question for Our Members
Government Connections - Winter 2014