If you're a Travelocity customer, you're probably used to getting emails about weekend travel deals, but today you got something else entirely: an e-mail asking you to tell you congressman to support a bill, the Internet Travel Tax Fairness Act, which would prevent local governments from raising new taxes on transactions made via third-party travel sites like Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, and Hotels.com.


Coincidentally, the travel sites have a trade group, the Interactive Travel Services Association, that appears to be lobbying for the bill. They've got a new advocacy website, too, proxied through the address TravelersFirst.org. The American Hotel and Lodging Association has opposed the bill for at least a year.

Here's the email from Travelocity:
Dear CHRISTOPHER:

We're dedicated to bringing you the best deals to make your travel affordable - but local governments are threatening to raise your travel costs by adding new taxes on the fees you pay when you book hotel rooms through Travelocity and other online travel sites. We're fighting to stop these politicians from raising taxes on your travel, but we need your help.

Will you join us and help keep your travel costs low?


While families across the country are struggling to make ends meet, let alone afford their summer vacation, the last thing politicians should be doing is adding yet another tax on travel. If they succeed, not only will your travel costs increase, but your local businesses could be hurt as well. When taxes increase, individuals, families, and business travelers travel less. When these tourists stay home they don't spend their hard earned dollars in your Main Street shops and businesses. That's bad for jobs and for local economies.

Please take action today. Ask your Senator to support the Internet Travel Tax Fairness Act (ITTFA), which will stop local governments from adding even more taxes to your travel.


Thank you for helping us keep your travel costs low.

The Travelocity Team

Also: did you know you can get from DC to Ft. Lauderdale this weekend starting at $90? Travelocity informed me of that roughly 12 hours earlier.

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