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Washington, D.C. - August 12, 2013 - The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) issues the following statement on today's unanimous approval by the Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of the National Conference of State Legislatures of a resolution noting that states should pass legislation clarifying their tax laws and requiring online travel companies (OTCs) to remit taxes paid on their retail prices:

"The lodging industry greatly appreciates state legislators' recognition that the out-of-state OTCs' controversial practice of choosing to remit taxes only on their wholesale costs imposes a higher effective tax rate on in-state hotels," said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president and CEO.  "Hotels simply want a level playing field and to not be subjected to unequal taxation.  The passage of today's resolution by NCSL delegates sends a signal to elected officials in all 50 states that laws need to be clarified to ensure that hotels are not placed at a competitive disadvantage because identical transactions by OTCs receive a different tax treatment.  We urge them to ensure that tax policies for both OTCs and hotels are consistent."

Today's resolution was drafted with three goals in mind:  promotion of transparency for consumers; ensuring full collection of revenues and the promotion of equity and fairness in state tax codes; and ensuring efficiency in taxation through statutory impositions and providing clarity for hotel room buyers and sellers.  For more information on the taxation of OTCs and the disparity with hotels, visit www.internethoteltax.com

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About American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

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