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July 15 2012

Hotels Fear Feds Will Slash Per Diem in Wake of Scandal

Alicia Leonard

July 16, 2012

A battle is brewing over the price that federal employees pay to stay at U.S. hotels.

It pits one of the nation's biggest hotel customers — the government — against a major industry, tourism. The outcome will undoubtedly affect Central Florida, the second-largest U.S. hotel market.

At issue: the federal "per diem" rate the U.S. government will pay for its employees to stay in a hotel room each night when they travel. The travel industry says that, following a scandal earlier this year over lavish spending at a government convention in Las Vegas, it has gotten wind of a proposal that could cut the per-diem rate by more than 30 percent in major travel markets. More

Clarke, S. (July 14, 2012) Hotels Fear Feds Will Slash Per Diem in Wake of Scandal. Retrieved July 16, 2012 from http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-07-14/business/os-hotels-goverment-per-diem-20120713_1_hotel-rooms-room-rate-hotel-market 

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