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The Travel Technology Association: Oregon 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 
competition. 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 stays. "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 Television. "I suspect the rest of the Pacific Northwest is eager to see Oregon voluntarily make itself less competitive," said Chiames. About Travel Tech The Travel and 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, Sabre Holdings, Travelport and 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW · Suite 825 · Washington, DC  20036 · 202-503-1422 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#1710735]

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