Hotels to get $2 more from fed workers

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 10:36 AM
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Starting Oct. 1, federal government employees will be allotted $2 more to spend on their hotel stays in Augusta, which is good news for the city, said Barry White, the president and CEO of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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."

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 09/16/10 - 11:09 am
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yay, more majic printing

yay, more majic printing press play money coming to Augusta.

gijoe7898
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gijoe7898 09/16/10 - 12:02 pm
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wonderful. "especially

wonderful. "especially during a time when you see across the country that hotel rates in general have declined,". So, rates have declined, which means per diem for fed employees should have declined as well. A clean, safe comfortable single room can be had in Augusta for $50-$60. The whole per diem system is screwed up. Another cess pool of our tax dollars.

What this tells hotels is to charge the $84 even if regular rates are lower. It doesn't cost the govt employee anything out of pocket. It costs you and I.

Something you'll never see is rewarding the employee for spending less than $84/day. Don't forget, there's a M&IE (meals and incidentals) as well, maybe in $50-60/day range for this area.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/16/10 - 12:03 pm
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Classic Bastiat "broken

Classic Bastiat "broken window" fallacy. You cannot fix the economy through increased tax spending.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/19/12 - 05:01 pm
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