Because of Travel Tech members, consumers across the nation and globe are able to search, compare and book travel smarter, faster, and with more value. The growing and dynamic travel technology sector provides options that let users read about destinations, compare travel prices, and book the travel with ease and peace of mind. Adding new taxes and complexity to these businesses will interfere with genuine competition and drive up prices for consumers everywhere. Travel Tech supports the ability of travelers to search, compare, and reserve lodging, transportation, and other travel products without the added cost of new taxes and regulations.
For most states, travel and tourism is an economic engine that delivers significant economic impact to municipalities and states. Levying new taxes or increasing existing taxes on travel, whether on suppliers or travel service providers, is bad public policy. States need to be looking for ways to increase travel. New or higher taxes only on travel suppliers and service providers such as online travel companies and travel agents make travel more expensive for consumers.
When travel is more expensive, consumers will often choose not to travel or spend less when they do visit. States and municipalities should recognize that when travelers visit, they spend money not only on lodging, car rentals and other travel services, but also on restaurants, entertainment, shopping and other goods and activities.
Travel Tech works to keep taxes low, so more people can travel, which has exponential benefits for the states and municipalities they visit.