Public hearing on SB 721 (Tourism Promotion Fund)

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Hearing Objective: To gather information on the current tax collection practices of online travel companies, as well as to discuss how Senate Bill 721 would apply to online travel companies and if such changes in law are needed.


10:00 a.m.           Opening Remarks and Introduction

Panel One
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Amy Gill, Deputy Secretary for Tax Policy

Panel Two
Visit Philadelphia, Fritz Smith, Vice President of Research and Industry Relations – Additional Testimony
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Chris Barrett, President & CEO
Kalahari Resorts, Don Pleau, General Manager

Panel Three
The Travel Technology Association (TravelTech), Steve Shur, President
Expedia, Inc., Joseph Montano, Government Affairs Manager, Northeast

Panel Four
Marriott International, Thomas J. Maloney, Senior Director, Government Affairs

Final Questions & Answers/Closing Remarks

12 Noon
Hearing Adjournment

Written Testimony 1
Written Testimony 2