Find Out Why Villas May Replace Hotel Rooms in the Luxe Travel Space

Find Out Why Villas May Replace Hotel Rooms in the Luxe Travel Space
News from Haute Living:

A hotel room cramped with appliances use to be the only lodging options individuals had to choose from when planning a vacation. But thanks to the advent of new digital platforms, a tiny cramped room is no longer the sole option.

More and more consumers are ditching hotels for vacation homes. Websites such as HomeAway, Inc. offers vacation rentals through an online marketplace. At the website, travelers have access to homeowners and property managers that can offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that can exceed the traditional accommodations of a standard hotel room. HomeAway, Inc. also operates a bed and breakfast site that provides travellers with an extra alternative to traditional hotel lodging.

Another popular lodging site that appeals to the new-aged generation is

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Lawmakers stir travel industry furor over taxing online hotel bookings
News from Baltimore Sun:

Legislation aimed at changing how online travel companies pay taxes on Maryland hotel bookings is roiling the business community, pitting big chains like Bethesda-based Marriott International against Internet giants such as Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline. It’s also upsetting small travel agencies, who fear they’re going to be hurt in the tug of war.

Proponents say the bill would close a loophole in Maryland law that allows online travel companies to pay less in sales tax on hotel bookings than the hotels themselves must charge when the same room is booked directly with them. After passing the Senate this week by a vote of 32-15, the measure is scheduled for a House hearing Wednesday.

Though legislative analysts say it’s impossible to estimate how much revenue the state could gain from the legislation, supporters suggest it could be $ 3 million to $ 4 million annually. But that’s not the point, they insist; rather it’s to bring Maryland’s tax code into the Internet Age.

“This is in fact a tax fairness measure that modernizes o…………… continues on Baltimore Sun

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