Biz travelers find a bargain in trip to Tampa
Tampa should be a mecca for business travelers based on this. The per-diem cost for car rental, hotel and food to visit Tampa is a mere $306, according to the 2008 Corporate Travel Index from Business Travel News. That's 9 bucks cheaper than the average per-day costs among 100 common U.S. destinations — and pushed Tampa down to 47th most expensive among top 50 places ranked. Tampa's breakdown: $147 for the hotel stay, $70 for a car rental and $88 for food. At the opposite side of the spectrum, no surprise, was New York City, where visitors have to shell out $326 for a hotel, $114 for a car and $124 for food for a grand total of $564.
No good news in bankruptcy data
April was a big month for bankruptcies, continuing the steep upward trend in filings. An additional 1,770 cases were filed last month in the bankruptcy court's Tampa-Fort Myers division. That's up 5.8 percent from March and a whopping 79.7 percent from April of last year. Nationally, filings were up 7.1 percent over March and 47.7 percent over last April. As mortgage woes persist and household debt increases, American Bankruptcy Institute executive director Samuel Gerdano predicted consumer bankruptcies will top 1-million new cases this year.
Gas prices force more carpools
Prices at the pump are quickly affecting our driving habits at work and home, says a recent survey by Cars.com. The survey indicates many have turned to alternative modes of transportation to escape the gas crunch, with 23 percent stating they carpool more,
12 percent saying they take public transportation,
11 percent saying they bike and 7 percent saying they have enrolled in a car sharing service. Other notable findings: 66 percent said they are driving less today because of the record gas prices at the pump, and 76 percent said they are cutting back in other areas of their household budget, with entertainment (81 percent), dining out (80 percent), recreation (67 percent) and groceries (30 percent) being the areas most likely to get cut.