The Travel Technology Association : Travel Tech Says Chicago Tax Ruling On Online Bookings Is Ripe For Appeal Contact: Robin Reck, Director of Communications 202-870-8924 firstname.lastname@example.org Travel Tech Says Chicago Tax Ruling On Online Bookings Is Ripe For Appeal Washington, D.C. June 21, 2013 - The association representing the online travel industry issued the following statement in regards to Friday's Cook County Circuit Court decision: "Quite simply, we feel that today's ruling by the Cook County Circuit Court is incorrect. Judge Robert Lopez Cepero found that online travel companies (OTCs) are hotel operators under the plain meaning of the word. OTCs do not greet the guests. OTCs do not change the sheets or towels. OTCs do not maintain the building or any other task that remotely resembles a hotel operator. This is a basic misunderstanding of fact. Every other court decision nationwide that has addressed this issue has concluded differently. That's like calling a bailiff a judge because he happens to work at the courthouse. "Aside from the definition of a hotel operator, this case serves as an outlier as most courts nationwide have ruled decisively in favor of OTCs. The Court's ruling will significantly increase costs for all tour operators, travel agents, OTCs, and other travel intermediaries that facilitate travel to Chicago. Because demand for travel to Chicago is sensitive to price changes, this change in tax treatment will harm consumers and significantly reduce demand for Chicago vacations, conventions and meetings. Travel Tech members intend to challenge this ruling as well as work cooperatively with tourism leaders and lawmakers to minimize the ruling's damage to Chicago's tourism economy." About Travel Tech The Travel Technology Association, or Travel Tech, is the association for online travel companies (OTCs) and global distribution systems (GDSs), and is dedicated to connecting consumers and travel providers, eliminating barriers to travel and protecting consumers. Travel Tech's members include: Amadeus, Expedia, Orbitz Worldwide, Priceline, Travelocity, Travelport and Vegas.com. 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW · Suite 825 · Washington, DC 20036 · 202-870-8924 www.traveltechnologyassociation.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: The Travel Technology Association via Thomson Reuters ONE HUG#1711265
The Travel Technology Association : Travel Tech Says Chicago Tax Ruling On Online Bookings Is Ripe For Appeal
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