Today is World Tourism Day celebrating the 1.2 billion travelers each year and the industry that contributes to the three key dimensions of sustainable development—economic, social, and environmental.
If you sell travel to consumers in one of the states that has Seller of Travel laws, you may be required to register your company, manage your client funds through a trust account, provide evidence of a bond, and/or pay an annual fee. Among the states that have these requirements are two large consumer markets:... Continue Reading →
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” - Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad Earlier today, President Trump announced his intent to... Continue Reading →
This article was originally posted on March 26, 2014. One of the simplest ways to avoid a costly mistake is to include a favorable jurisdiction, venue, and governing law clause in your Booking Terms & Conditions. Imagine you are a tour operator whose office is located in Denver, Colorado and you sell a tour to... Continue Reading →
This article was originally posted on March 19, 2014. California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, and Washington require tour operators and agents to register, pay annual fees, and provide different types of financial security when sales are offered to residents of those states regardless of where the operator is located (including non-U.S. based companies). These Seller of Travel... Continue Reading →
Washington House Democrats have released their plan for funding the “Education Workforce Recruitment & Retention Funding Package,” and it eliminates the preferential Business & Occupation tax rate for travel agents and tour operators. Click here for the Washington House Democrat’s release on what HB 2996 will contain. The current B&O tax rate for Travel Agents... Continue Reading →
The Washington Department of Revenue has proposed changes to the regulation, WAC 458-20-258, that describe the activities of Tour Operators and Travel Agents in order to apply the same business and occupation (B&O) tax rate to the primary activities of both. In this post, we outline some of the issues that arise in the (proposed)... Continue Reading →
On Friday, April 18, 2014, a line of climbers, mostly high-altitude climbing Sherpas, “were backed up, carrying heavy loads of equipment for their clients,” in the Popcorn Field area of the Khumbu Icefall between Base Camp and Camp 1 on the Nepal side of Mt. Everest when an avalanche buried and killed sixteen Sherpas. At... Continue Reading →