Going to Georgia? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Creative Lodging Solutions™ certainly has Georgia on our mind this week, but not for a promising reason: Looks as though this iconic southern state will lose some of its hospitable facade soon. GA travelers who aren’t staying long term will start paying for local structures and highways. The Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank Act, effective July 1, 2015, aims to fund state road and infrastructure projects; the law affects GA tourists and business travelers alike. According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA), this new law dictates that any traveler staying in the state of Georgia must now pay an additional $5 fee for every night travelers sleep in a hotel for fewer than 30 consecutive days.

As we mentioned in a previous blog, each state has widely varying parameters regarding how they define extended stay lodging and thereby handle related issues. According to this new law, travelers must stay over thirty (30) consecutive days to become exempt from this fee. Unfortunately, most business travel projects CLS manages last an average of 11 days, and the national average for US corporate travel is only 4 days. See where we’re going with this? That means many companies will be picking up the check for business travelers’ nightly charges because most corporate travelers simply don’t book enough consecutive lodging nights to waive that charge. Not peachy, Georgia!

Business travelers be warned: with the implementation of the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank Act, we foresee other states following suit and establishing similar fee initiatives. As experts in the industry and advisers of valued clients like you, we felt compelled to let you know about this alarming development in the Peach State.

You can also read the legalese version here: Per provision 627 (b),  On or after July 1, 2015, each innkeeper in this state shall charge a $5.00 per night fee to the customer, unless it is an extended stay rental, for each calendar day a room, lodging, or accommodation is rented or leased. The innkeeper shall collect the fee at the time the customer pays for the rental or lease of such room, lodging, or accommodation.

So much for southern hospitality.

 

 

13 Comments
  • Sandra
    Posted at 15:29h, 01 June Reply

    While we cannot control the law, CLS will continue to do all within our power to negotiate the most aggressive rates in our industry.

  • Stephanie Putnam
    Posted at 15:45h, 01 June Reply

    Good information for clients traveling to GA!

  • Gerry Pineda
    Posted at 17:54h, 01 June Reply

    Wow. That’s surprising.

  • Seth S.
    Posted at 01:16h, 02 June Reply

    I am very confident that CLS ability to negotiate rates will help to offset some of these charges .

  • Crystal Grubbs
    Posted at 03:35h, 02 June Reply

    Guess I won’t be traveling to Georgia anytime soon!

  • Jarrod Withers
    Posted at 14:10h, 02 June Reply

    It seems like this is an outcry from a population of people who want to share the tax burden with travelers in a high-tourism area. My hometown struggles with the same issues. The upkeep of infrastructure just to accommodate a transient population is a burden on the native population and increase in tax for that purpose is extremely unpopular with that same group. This seems a moderately fair means of sharing that burden.

  • Ashley
    Posted at 14:28h, 02 June Reply

    Great info if our clients are traveling to Georgia .

  • Sherry Gardner
    Posted at 17:13h, 02 June Reply

    Good to know as I’ll be traveling through there this weekend! Thanks!

  • Diane Harney
    Posted at 13:41h, 04 June Reply

    It is unfortunate that the Georgia hotel industry is forced to pass along this burden to customers and likely suffer a loss of revenue because of it. The amount of $5 added for each room night is not insignificant.

  • Kallie Milburn
    Posted at 22:49h, 04 June Reply

    I will be curious to see if other states begin implementing similar laws. Especially considering it is $5.00 per traveler, not just $5.00 per room, this could really add up!

  • Jennifer Shell
    Posted at 16:02h, 05 June Reply

    One of my favorite states to travel. Glad to have this information.

  • Jared Truxillo
    Posted at 16:24h, 12 June Reply

    My concern is for the people who live in that same state, but might have to travel an hour and a half to two hours for work and pay even more tax than what they already pay. Just another classic example of how the consumer takes all the burden. Of course these hotels that are making an ungodly amounts of money won’t have to pay any of this they just charge us extra.

  • Maggie McCombs
    Posted at 14:01h, 19 June Reply

    Good point, Jarrod! As Sandra commented earlier, we’re pretty shocked and disappointed with these rising fees; but a good travel management group like CLS tries hard to combat pesky fees by keeping the actual room rate as low as possible. Unfortunately, this seems to be a situation in which we have to accept an unfortunate reality and do our best to work through it toward a positive solution.

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