The cost of a visitor’s daily living expenses speaks volumes about the current state of economy in KC…
I’m talking about the per diems companies hold their employees expenses to when traveling on business. Generally speaking the per diems were up marginally for 2012. Hotel rates increased while car rentals and meal expenses decreased slightly.
However, per diems going down doesn’t necessarily speak well for a given market like Kansas City. It can mean that economic pressures are forcing the local hospitality industry to lower its pricing structure. So it’s really more about what a market can and WILL bear.
And it’s all very competitive between cities. Especially when it comes to attracting conventions.
So how did Kansas City fare?
Well, Business Travel News ranks us as the No. 47 market for 2013—with 1.3% drop in what visitors would have to spend.
The mag says an average day in K.C.—including hotel, rental car and meals—will cost $ 278.80.
By comparison that visitor would have spend $462.28 in San Francisco, $392.32 in Chicago, $374.59 in L.A., $319.12 in New Orleans, $305.25 in Denver, $305.20 in Dallas, $300.24 in Las Vegas and $278.94 in St. Louis which was ranked 46th.
On the lower end of the spectrum are the daily per diems for Milwaukee which came in at $275.50, Indianapolis at $260.49, Knoxville at $252.06 and Chattanooga at $246.78.
The lowest cost city among the top 100 was Shreveport where the daily per diem was down 3.4% to $237.26.
The most expensive U.S. city?
Still the Big Apple at a daily rate of $574.33, up a whopping 7.0%.
A closer look at the 2013 corporate travel index for Kansas City indicates that local hotel prices have increased by 6.7% to an average of $153.97 per night.
Yet current car rental costs here have plunged 16.2% to an average of $47.62, one of the biggest decreases in the 100 measured markets. Only Rochester exceeded it with a decrease of 21.3% and San Jose where the average daily rate dropped by 19.7%.
Finally when it comes to meals, KC’s daily cost factor dropped 5.6% for visitors. The average breakfast here is $11.32, with business lunches coming in at $20.89 and a nice dinner at $45.00.
Making KC’s total daily meals per diem $77.21.
And in case you’re wondering…
Geneva is now the most expensive European city with a daily per diem of $539.00 while Tokyo tops it for Asia at $548.00.
Airfare, wear and tear on luggage and companionship—NOT included.