by Cheryl-Anne Sturkent | October 01, 2005
While the 2006 federal per diem rates set by the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., went up in the 10 lodging markets where the government books the most business, it fell in others.
    Rates, which go into effect Oct. 1, 2005, decreased to $89 from $93 in San Antonio; to $96 from $100 in Los Angeles; to $92 from $99 in Houston, and to $125 from $127 in San Diego.
    By contrast, cities such as Boston and Orlando, which saw their rates plummet in 2005, were given significant increases. In Boston, the per diem jumped $13 to $165, while Orlando shot to $101 in high season, up from $61. Likewise, Atlanta, which saw its rate cut to $93 in 2005 from $112 the previous year, was boosted to $115.
    New York City, where the rate rose from $212 to $226, maintains its position as the city with the highest per diem rate.