A trio of Florida destinations top the list of U.S. cities where travelers incur the lowest tax burden. Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach levy the lowest general sales and discriminatory travel taxes, followed by Detroit, Mich., and Portland, Ore.
According to the GBTA Foundation, the cities taxing travelers the most are, in descending order: Chicago, New York, Seattle, Boston and Kansas City, Mo.
New York and Boston also are two of the top five most expensive cities for hotel, rental car and food costs, as noted in BTN’s 2011 Corporate Travel Index. Chicago is the sixth-most expensive city.
New York, Chicago and Boston also lead the pack of cities that levy the highest amount of discriminatory taxes on travel-related services above and beyond general sales taxes.