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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Per Diem of Government either GS or AD during Audit and hold of expenses in self of Timeshare

First, the "Prospects" (prospective buyers) are seated in a Hospitality Room with many tables and chairs to accommodate families. The Prospects are assigned a Tour Guide; he/she is usually a Licensed Real-Estate Agent, but not in all cases. The actual cost of the Timeshare can only be quoted by a Licensed Real-Estate Agent. After a warm up period and some coffee or snack, there more than likely will be a Podium Speaker welcoming the Prospects to the Resort. Then the lights will dim and the Prospects will be shown a film designed to dazzle them with exotic places they could visit as Timeshare Owners.

Next, the Prospects will be invited to take a tour of the property. Depending on the Resort's available inventory, the tour will include an accommodation that the Tour Guide or Agent feels will best fit the Prospect's family's needs. Then it is back to the Hospitality Room for the verbal sales presentation. The prospective buyers are given a brief history of Timeshare and how it relates to the Vacation Industry today. During the presentation they will be handed the resort exchange book from RCI, Interval International, or what ever exchange company is associated with that particular Resort Property. The Prospects will be asked to tell the Tour Guide the places they would like to visit if they were Timeshare Owners. The rest of the presentation will be designed around the responses the prospective buyers give to that question.

If the guide is licensed, he/she will then give the Prospect the retail price of the particular unit that best seemed to fit the prospective buyer's needs. If he/she is not a Licensed Agent, a Licensed Agent will now step in to present the price. If the Prospect replies with "no", or "I would like to think about it", the prospective buyer will then be given a new incentive to buy. This incentive will usually be a discounted price that will only be good "Today". If again, the reply is "no", or "I would like to think about it", the Guide/Agent will ask the Prospect to please talk to one of his/her managers before the Prospect leaves. It is at this moment that the prospective buyer realizes that the 'Tour' has actually just begun.

The Manager, Assistant Manager or Project Director will now be called to the table. This procedure is called: "TO", or getting the "Turn Over" man to find an incentive usually in the form of a smaller less expensive unit or "Trade-In" unit from another owner. This tactic is commonly used as a sales ploy, because the Resort is not interested in reselling "Already Deeded Property". Similar to the Automobile Sales Industry, the manager and salesman know before hand exactly what the lowest price is that will be offered to the Prospect, well before the prospective buyer has arrived for the Tour. If one incentive doesn't move a Prospect to purchase, another will follow shortly, until the Prospect has either purchased, convinced the usually very polite sales crew that no means no, or has gotten up from the table and escorted himself/herself out of the building.

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The following rates apply for 33714

Primary Destination* (1)County (23)Max lodging by Month (excluding taxes)Meals
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Tampa / St. PetersburgPinellas / Hillsborough10410410411511510410410410410410410451

* NOTE: Traveler reimbursement is based on the location of the work activities and not the accommodations, unless lodging is not available at the work activity, then the agency may authorize the rate where lodging is obtained. 
** Meals and Incidental Expenses, see Breakdown of M&IE Expenses for important information on first and last days of travel.


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FedRooms is a GSA program that provides hotel rooms for federal government travelers while on official business. 

It’s one of GSA’s governmentwide solutions that enable customers to manage their travel efficiently and effectively while accomplishing their missions.

FedRooms® leverages government buying power to offer safe, economical and compliant hotel lodging at per diem or better rates at hotels globally. 

Over 13,000 properties now offer the FedRooms rate. The FedRooms rate includes no early check-out fees or hidden fees.

What are the benefits to federal agencies?
By encouraging the use of FedRooms properties and rates, agencies can ensure Federal Travel Regulation compliance, and reduce their travel spending while still meeting their missions. 

How can travel managers make it happen?

Send an email to agency federal travelers encouraging them to:Book FedRooms hotels via agency’s E-Gov Travel Solution (CGE, E2,, GovTrip or DTS);Use the link (a non-government site) to make reservations with your agency's permission, or ask for the FedRooms rate(XVU) when they call in a reservation.Schedule time with a GSA Center for Travel Management team member to learn more

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Federal Travel Regulation (FTR)

The current FTR includes Amendments from FTR Amendment 2015-01, effective March 20, 2015

The Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) enumerates the travel and relocation policy for all Title 5 Executive Agency employees. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is available version is updated as official changes are published in the Federal Register (FR). FR publications and FTR looseleaf pages are available at

The FTR is the regulation contained in 41 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapters 300 through 304, that implements statutory requirements and Executive branch policies for travel by federal civilian employees and others authorized to travel at government expense.

The Administrator of General Services promulgates the FTR to: (a) interpret statutory and other policy requirements in a manner that balances the need to ensure that official travel is conducted in a responsible manner with the need to minimize administrative costs, and (b) communicate the resulting policies in a clear manner to federal agencies and employees. 

Government-wide Policy, Office of Asset and Transportation Management, Travel and Relocation Division sponsors an Interagency Travel Management Committee (ITMC) that provides a forum through which federal agencies can exchange information and ideas for resolving common interests relating to the effective utilization of the FTR. Through the ITMC, GSA strengthens lines of communication and disseminates information to agency representatives. To ensure compliance with internal agency rules and regulations, federal employees are referred back to his/her ITMC representative for direct assistance. The ITMC representative is generally found in the agency’s Office of Finance and/or travel policy office. If additional assistance is needed, please

Visit the FTR and Related Files to access the working copy of the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) and Travel/Per Diem Bulletins.

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