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General Services Administration Announces 2020 Per Diem Rate Increase

Friday, September 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: SCRLA Staff
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GSA Rates in SC

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Working with government officials to ensure that hotel per diem rates reflect the realities of the market has been a key priority of AH&LA. And the hospitality industry scored a big victory last month when the General Services Administration (GSA) announced federal per diem rates for FY 2020.


These new rates show an increase to the standard continental United States (CONUS) rate from $93 per night for lodging to a new rate of $94. The rate will go into effect October 1, 2019.


Federal per diem rates, used by government travelers to obtain hotel rooms at a standard discount, are established each year based on actual market data compiled and provided by Smith Travel Research.


South Carolina has four destinations that are classified as non-standard areas (NSAs). The designation means the regions—frequently traveled by government employees— will get unique per diem rates rather than being lumped together with the rest of the county. The reimbursement levels are determined by the average daily industry rate. See the below graphs of the NSAs in South Carolina. 

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