The government per diem reimbursable rate for hotel rooms in Augusta will increase by $2, to $84, for fiscal year 2011, White said at today's board meeting.
Each year, the federal government establishes the per diem for its employees, said Peggy Siegler, the vice president of sales and marketing for the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau. In many instances, other government employees will follow the same guidelines.
Now, a federal employee who stays at a local hotel will pay a rate of $84 a night, up from last year, she said.
"The additional $2 for hotels will bring a lot of additional revenue to them, especially during a time when you see across the country that hotel rates in general have declined," White said. "That's been a national trend over the past year and a half. So to have an increase in the market is so important, as the government market is to Augusta. It's a very important step in the right direction."