Headed to Manhattan next May? You’ll have $106 less to spend on a hotel each day than you would have a year earlier. Chicago in June? Per diems are scheduled to drop from $211 to $166.
It’s not entirely unexpected. The recession has hit the travel industry hard, and hotels across the nation have dropped their rates in recent years to encourage travelers. They’ve also become more willing to work with the federal government.
We’d like to hear about what the drops in per diems will mean for you. Do you think the lower ceilings will make it tougher to find acceptable hotels? Or will it make the boss more likely to sign off on your trip if your lodging costs are dropping by a third or a quarter? Travelers and travel managers alike can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re concerned about being quoted, that’s fine, and we don’t have to use your name.