Travelers Alert: The 10 U.S. Cities That Tax Tourists The Most

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    Ready to book a 2012 holiday season vacation? Maybe you should check the forecast for the local tax climate first.

    The Global Business Travelers Association is just out with its 2012 listing of the best and worst cites for travel taxes—which it defines as levies on rental cars, hotel rooms, and restaurant meals. The annual ranking compares the top 50 destinations for business travelers, but those are prime destinations for leisure travelers too.

    In the surprising category: Honolulu managed to sneak onto the 10 lowest tax list for 2012 (at #9), along with such low tax Florida locales as Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach, which are in a three way tie for having the lowest taxes.

    In the not-so-surprising category: the two most taxing cities this year are Chicago and New York, which were also the worst in GBTA’ 2011 ranking. That’s despite the fact that the study’s methodology cuts a big break to high cost cities like the Big Apple, since it calculates taxes assuming the underlying, pre-tax costs are the same in each city. (That way, it’s a pure comparison of tax rates.)

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