I have no idea how close the General Services Administration (GSA) was to altering its methodology in calculating federal per diem rates, but it sure sounded like it was more than a distinct possibility. Tuesday's announcement that rates were frozen would typically be bad , but when 30% reductions were on the table, this was great news for the industry.
“While certainly not ideal, the rate freeze is a far less radical approach than the crippling move that GSA had contemplated,” read an AH&LA statement.
The joint efforts by the AH&LA, the U.S. Travel Association, majorcompanies and individual hotel owners should be lauded. By quickly organizing and bringing its concerns to Congress, the White House and the GSA, lodging won a critical battle during a tenuous time in the industry's recovery.
“This decision was reached because so many industry leaders sent a clear message that travel is an essential tool for the government and critical to local economies,” read a statement by Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.
Dow's exactly right. Everyone involved should be applauded for their efforts.