Alexandria, VA (December 14, 2017) – Today, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an economic briefing on the impact of raising the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). According to IATA, a $4 per segment increase to the PFC would increase the cost of travel to, from and within the United States by 1.9 percent for domestic travelers and 0.6 percent for international travelers. This could drive a decrease in travel of 8 million domestic passengers and 1 million international travelers each year.
A PFC increase limits the return on investment on business travel – a proven economic driver contributing to GDP, jobs and wages. Pesquisa GBTA shows that for every 1 percent change in business travel spending, the U.S. economy gains or loses 74,000 jobs, $5.5 billion in GDP, $3.3 billion in wages and $1.3 billion in taxes. Conversely, taxes and fees associated with travel have the opposite effect.
“The IATA study confirms that any PFC increase will have a negative economic impact,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “This is especially true for the business traveler as the PFC is essentially a tax on the cost of doing business. Money spent on taxes and fees is money that is not spent supporting economic growth and job creation. Congress should reject any PFC increase.”
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A Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) é a principal organização comercial de viagens de negócios e reuniões do mundo, com sede na área de Washington, DC e operações em seis continentes. Os mais de 9.000 membros da GBTA gerenciam anualmente mais de $345 bilhões em despesas globais com viagens de negócios e reuniões. A GBTA e a Fundação GBTA oferecem educação, eventos, pesquisa, defesa e mídia de classe mundial para uma rede global crescente de mais de 28.000 profissionais de viagens e 125.000 contatos ativos. Para saber como as viagens de negócios impulsionam o crescimento duradouro dos negócios, visite www.gbta.org.