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NEW CASTLE, Pa.– Pennsylvania’s destination marketing organizations, including Visit Lawrence County, are celebrating action from Governor Tom Wolf after he signed House Bill 1511 into law this week.  It requires online companies like Travelocity and Expedia, to pay hotel taxes in the Commonwealth.

“This legislation levels the playing field between our in-state hotels, who employ hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, and out-of-state online travel companies who have been remitting lower tax amounts for years,” said Jim Gratton, chairman of the PRLA board of directors.

As part of this legislation, the funds that will result from closing the loophole – estimated at $23.8 million a year – will be dedicated to statewide tourism promotion.

 

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