The Travel Technology Association : The Travel Technology Association: Oregon Legislature Passes Sweeping New Taxes on Hotels, Vacation Homes, Travel Agents and Online Travel Companies Contact: Robin Reck, Director of Communications 202-870-8924 firstname.lastname@example.org Oregon Legislature Passes Sweeping New Taxes on Hotels, Vacation Homes, Travel Agents and Online Travel Companies Broad Legislation Will Now Apply New Taxes to Oregon Hotel Resort Fees, Internet Fees, Cleaning Fees, Travel Agent and Online Travel Company Service Fees Salem, OR, June 28, 2013 - With the passage of House Bill 2656, Oregon is poised to enact extensive and far-reaching new lodging taxes on hotels, vacation home owners, travel agents and online travel companies which will undoubtedly lead to higher prices for travel consumers. The fate of the tax bill now resides with Governor John Kitzhaber, and would result in an aggressive tax plan to extend the state lodging tax (and applicable local lodging taxes) to a variety of services, including cleaning fees for vacation rentals, hotel resort fees and service fees by travel agencies. According to the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office's (LRO) 2013 analysis of the scope of the new taxes includes "resort fees, internet fees and cleaning fees for some resorts and vacation rentals." According to the LRO, "those added fees that are not optional should all be subject to the tax." The thousands of Oregonians with vacation homes and rentals appear to also have been netted by the proposed law. The LRO report adds, "Vacation homes and rentals will also be obligated to use the retail price which is inclusive of cleaning fees and other services." For the approximately 150 brick-and-mortar travel agencies operating in Oregon and the thousands of out-of-state traditional travel agents and online travel companies, Oregon transient lodging taxes could apply to their service compensation as well. "If this plan is signed into law, the Lewis and Clark trail will only lead to more taxes on the travel industry and more taxes on tourists, including Oregon residents who vacation or travel in-state," said Robin Reck, communications director for the Travel Technology Association. 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.travel-tech.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#1712986
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