AH&LA Applauds Bipartisan Senate Bill to Protect Consumers from Online Hotel Booking Scams
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) today applauded a group of bipartisan Senate leaders on the introduction of legislation aimed at stopping online hotel booking scams that affect some 15 million hotel bookings a year, translating to $1.3 billion in bad bookings annually.
The Stop Online Booking Scams Act, the Senate companion to H.R. 4526, was introduced today by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Bill Nelson (D-FL). The bill will provide vital safeguards and take necessary corrective action to stop scammers from mimicking legitimate hotel websites and exploiting unassuming consumers. Third-party booking sites will be required to have continuous, prominent notification that their websites are not associated with a specific hotel’s website before any consumer’s credit card is charged, making it crystal clear to consumer who they are doing business with online.
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