01 Jun 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.Get Lodged!