Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry.
The deal adds to Expedia's growing portfolio of websites. The Bellevue, Washington-company already owns nearly a dozen travel sites including Hotels.com, Hotwire and Egencia, the world's fifth-largest corporate travel management company.
WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia can collect sales taxes on the rates hotel guests pay for rooms they book through online travel companies, a judge has ruled. The city has been collecting taxes on the wholesale rates that the companies pay to hotels. It claimed in a lawsuit that companies including Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity […]
Some airlines are making travelers work harder to find a deal. Carriers are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites. It’s an effort to steer people away from online travel agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, which charge the carriers commissions of roughly $10 to $25 a ticket. While […]
A $28,000 suit was filed against William Donald Schaefer’s estate and deliberations are underway in the Exxon Mobil mass-action lawsuit. Those stories and more were the most-read on our site this week in our legal affairs top 5. 1. Schaefer estate hit with $28K claim – by Danny Jacobs A frequent political candidate and disbarred […]
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Baltimore praised as convention site The Americas Meeting and Events Exhibition drew more than 3,000 meeting and convention planners to the Baltimore Convention Center this week in what city officials called an opportunity to show the world “the new Baltimore” — a great place for organizations’ meetings. Slots lawsuit settled The Baltimore Development Corp., the Baltimore […]
The biggest online hotel-room booking company in the Baltimore market has agreed to pay the city $1,675,000 to cover its tax liability dating from 2007 through June 2014. Expedia Inc. and its sibling travel websites deny they owe the city any hotel tax but, to forestall the possibility of an adverse federal court decision, opted […]
Airlines have used surging oil prices to justify fare increases of up to $60 per ticket since the start of the year. But the rising cost of fuel isn’t the only reason it’s getting more difficult to find cheap fares. The improving economy, a shrinking supply of seats and industry consolidation are also to blame. […]
Baltimore County’s lawsuit against several online hotel booking companies for allegedly unpaid hotel-room occupancy taxes has survived a motion to dismiss in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Judge Marvin J. Garbis granted in part and denied in part the defendants’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. The judge dismissed the unjust enrichment […]