On August 5, the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and research partner Concur, the world’s leading provider of on-demand employee spend management services, announced the best and worst travel taxes in the top fifty U.S. destinations. The cities, cited below, include several California locations as well as other states throughout the country.
The National Business Travel Association and Concur findings explain that discriminatory travel tax rates measure the tax burden imposed on travel services above and beyond general sales taxes.
The U.S. cities with the lowest discriminatory travel tax rates for lodging, car rentals, and meals in central city locations are:
- Orange County, CA
- San Jose, CA
- Burbank, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Ontario, CA
The lowest discriminatory travel tax rates for lodging, car rentals, and meals in airport locations are found in:
- Burbank (BUR)
- Orange County (SNA)
- San Jose (SJC)
- San Diego (SAN)
- Ontario (ONT)
Although Stockton, CA was not specifically referenced in the announcement, it is still important to point out that the city does charge travel taxes and those taxes help fund local projects such as public safety, libraries, and the promotion and marketing of tourism.
In Stockton, there are two travel taxes; one tax is called Transient Occupancy Tax, charged at a rate of 8% and the second is called Tourism Assessments, charged at a rate of 2%.
Wes Rhea, Director of the Stockton Conference and Visitor’s Bureau provided some examples of where Stockton’s travel tax funds end up and how the taxes compare to other cities in the County of San Joaquin.
Mr. Rhea said, “Stockton uses 100% of its Transient Occupancy Tax for the General Fund. Cities like Manteca and Lodi use some of that fund to promote tourism or fund special events. Smaller cities in the county do not use it for tourism promotion, as they do not have any tourism promotion entities. Lodi and Stockton are currently the only cities in the county with a Tourism Business Improvement District that levies the Tourism Assessment.”
To learn more about travel and tourism impacts on Stockton and San Joaquin County, please visit: http://www.visitstockton.org/.
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