A new report by a top travel industry association finds that most government travel — far from being wasteful — pays dividends for taxpayers and businesses. The study — commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association — finds that government travel is cheaper and more efficient than similar travel by private-sector employees and helps boost the productivity of private-sector firms.
Government employees spend on average $185 per day while traveling for business. Private-sector employees average about $224 per day. On the operations and logistics side, government conference organizers typically spend $173 per attendee, while private-sector functions average $339 per attendees.