The General Services Administration in Washington, DC announced the released federal per diem rates for FY 2016. These rates will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. The federal government is also changing the policy for the standard continental United States (CONUS) rate. It will now be reviewed every year, rather than every three years. For FY 2016, the lodging rate for CONUS is increasing to $89 per night, from the previous rate of $83.
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Tourism generated $1.37 billion in tax revenues for local and state governments in 2014, an increase from $1.31 billion in 2013. The report was produced by Certec Inc., of Versailles. For more details about the economic impact study, including county-level expenditures, visit www.kentuckytourism.com/industry and look under recent reports.
KH&LA is working with a coalition of industry organizations to have the state's Tourism Marketing Incentive Program funds reinstated. Read the full position statement here.
By Dan Fay
We just concluded a great annual meeting on Wednesday. For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed a good one.
Our new governor Bevin will be sworn in on December 8th. From all reports, he is off to an incredible start with the early selection of the first members of his cabinet. We were able to have input regarding our industry early on. Just before our lobbyist left to join him at the National Republic Governors Convention, we reminded them of our current issues.
- The restoration of the funds from the 1% Room Tax
- Elimination of the Executive Order on Minimum Wage
This Legislative Session will be a budget session. It is likely there will be a number of contentious issues. As always, we will produce weekly reports, at the end of each legislative week. In the event an issue becomes problematic, we will issue a "Red Alert”. If this occurs, we really need you to make a phone call to your legislators. The calls from constituents are unbelievably effective.
Looking ahead to 2016, I think we will be set for another good year. Industry pundits’ forecast the growth will continue. In Kentucky, we hope to restore funds from the 1% Room Tax. There are also efforts under way to increase our presence in the international market. This seems like an opportune time to do so, particularly with the popularity of bourbon along with our other attractions, such as horses and the Corvette Plant and Museum in Bowling Green.
In January, Don Howard with H&W Management in Lexington will become our new president. Don and the board are ready to move the association forward in 2016 and beyond. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you these past two years, and I will continue to be engaged as a board member. I look forward to seeing you.
Daniel T. Fay
Economic Impact of Hotels