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Poised to Execute Tourism Golden Goose
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Oregon Poised to Execute Tourism Golden Goose
Oregon State Legislature considers killing the endangered Oregon Tourism
Golden Goose to boost state agency budgets. Flocks of native Washington, Idaho
and California Tourism Golden Geese reportedly excited at the prospect of less
Salem, OR, June 19, 2013-The Oregon State Senate is debating a new travel and
tourism service tax proposal sponsored by Representative Margaret
Doherty-House Bill 2656-aimed at travel facilitators such as Oregon travel
agents, tour operators, wedding planners and online travel companies. Under
the new tax proposal, incoming tourists and Oregonians traveling in-state
would be forced to pay state sales and local transient lodging taxes on hotel
reservation facilitation services, increasing the cost of their nightly room
"These new taxes will disproportionately impact the local small Oregon
businesses dependent on a vibrant travel and tourism industry." said Chris
Chiames, Chairman of Travel Tech. "When you increase the price of travel, you
get less of it."
House Bill 2656 strikes a blow at an industry that generated $8.8 billion in
Oregon economic growth, and accounted for more than 92,000 jobs in 2011. The
Oregon State Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.
The Oregon House passed HB 2656 on June 4 largely on party lines, with
Democrats in support. The House version contains an amendment appropriating
funding from the new taxes to benefit the Oregon Office of Film and
"I suspect the rest of the Pacific Northwest is eager to see Oregon
voluntarily make itself less competitive," said Chiames.
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online travel companies (OTCs) and global distribution systems (GDSs), and is
dedicated to connecting consumers and travel providers, eliminating barriers
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