A list of the top five 2011 U.S. cities with the lowest and highest tourism taxes is out, showing cost differences in as much as 56% on average, according to an annual study by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation.
Listed as the five lowest tax burdened cities out of 50 destinations, three Florida cities topped the list with Fort Lauderdale in first, Fort Myers in second, and West Palm Beach in third.
All are in both general sales tax and travel-related services such as car rental, hotel and meals.
Following in fourth was Detroit, and Portland, Oregon, in fifth.
The five highest-tax imposing cities on travelers had Chicago in first, New York City in second, Seattle in third, Boston in fourth, and Kansas City, Missouri in fifth, according to the study.
The study’s findings show drastic tourism tax differences between cities, in some cases 80% more in comparison, according to Joe Bates, the foundation’s director of research.