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A Billion Dollars In New Travel Taxes: Bad For Business Says GBTA

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tuesday night, Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray released a budget outline that included an increase in the "9/11 Aviation Security Fee" from $2.50 per enplanement to $5.60 per flight next year.  

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GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick issued the following statement:

"Putting aside the rhetoric, a tax by any other name is still a tax. Under the proposed budget, business travelers will share the burden of a billion dollars in new aviation security taxes. To aggravate the damage to business travel and U.S. businesses' ability to conduct business effectively, the additional revenue will not be used to fund programs that benefit travelers.  Enough is enough – business travelers are not bottomless piggy banks.  Punishing a key driver of economic growth is the wrong approach. GBTA urges Congress to reject an increase in the aviation security tax."

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA's 6,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit gbta.org.

SOURCE Global Business Travel Association

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