Booking sites sue New York over hotel tax extension

12/22/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Major online travel booking sites including Expedia,, Orbitz and Travelocity have filed suit against New York City in an effort to block a law enacted in June to extend the city's hotel room tax to third-party intermediaries. The law was passed in an effort to address a budget shortfall in New York, but the groups, which also include the American Society of Travel Agents and the U.S. Tour Operators Association, call the law unconstitutional.

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