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Lodging industry opposes tax hike

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

A new bill would allow the state’s transient accommodations tax to be added to virtually any lodging business transaction, from resort fees and parking to food and beverage orders, activities, spa appointments, banquet serv­ices or the like.­ Laura and Kasey Harris of Alabama visited Hawaii in April with their 4-month-old son, Rowan.

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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

In addition to resort fees, tourists could be taxed on activities, spa appointments and other lodging business transactions.