Hawaii NBTA study: Honolulu taxes relatively low for biz travelers By Shane Nelson / August 30, 2010 Share 1 -- According to a study released by the National Business Travel Association, Honolulu ranks fifth on a list of U.S. cities with the lowest overall tax burden on business travelers. "We are extremely pleased with the ranking," said Joe Davis, general manager of the Hawaii Convention Center. "Our business travelers are a very important market to us, and allowing them to travel to Honolulu without having to spend too much on various taxes makes sense." The NBTA study, which examines car rental, hotel, meal and general sales taxes in 50 U.S. cities, found that Fort Lauderdale offered business travelers the lowest tax burden in the nation. Rounding out the top four were Fort Myers, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; and Detroit. In terms of highest total taxes on travelers, Chicago and New York ranked first and second, respectively.