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Hotels, online sites fight over travel tax burden
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In this case, the consumers bottom line may not change, but shifting the tax burden is a threat to travel providers still operating on narrow margins after a recession severely dented their balance sheets. The rate an online shopper sees now reflects a balance between hotels and the travel providers who sell their rooms. The online sites contract with hotels to sell rooms at below-market rates, then sell those rooms to the consumer at market rates; the difference is where Orbitz and Travelocity and Expedia make their profits. And even if the hotels are only receiving 80 percent of their regular rate, its better for them than to leave the rooms unoccupied. What happens next is the nexus of the debate: When you pay the online provider the cost of the room plus the tax, they forward the contracted amount to the hotel.