A case against online travel companies
brought by Orange County officials has been thrown out of the Ninth
Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Lawyers for the county had
argued the companies, such as Expedia and Orbitz, are paying taxes
only on the bulk rate they buy the rooms for, not for the higher
rate they then charge the traveler. According to the Orlando
Sentinel, Orange County auditors estimated the area is losing
$5.5 million a year on online bookings. Lawyers for the county told
the paper they plan to appeal the dismissal of the case.
EventRebels, an online meetings
management provider, has introduced the E-Checking option for
conference registrants. This feature, which is part of the standard
EventRebels online registration package, allows attendees to
provide their bank information securely.
"We found that people who register
online need other options to pay for their conference registration
besides a credit card," said K. C. Hopson, CEO EventRebels.