While Hawaii may be an expensive business travel destination, Hawaii’s taxes on travel appear to be a mitigating factor. The Global Business Travel Association Foundation has released its annual rankings of 50 top travel destinations based on daily taxes on things such as hotel stays, restaurants, and car rentals. Chicago taxes travelers the most at $40.31 per day while Honolulu taxes travelers a mere $24.38 per day. The lowest tax city for travelers is Fort Lauderdale at $22.21 per day.
In Honolulu the taxes on travelers are primarily the 4% general excise tax on most purchases including at restaurants plus the 1/2% Honolulu County Surcharge, the 9.25% transient accommodations tax on hotel stays, and $3 per day surcharge on car rentals (down from $7.50 per day prior to June 30, 2012). Tobacco, Liquor, and Fuel taxes could also add to the total visitor tax burden.
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