Few would argue that the internet has brought more rather than less transparency for consumers in virtually any sphere of commerce.

Most hotels and their guests have certainly reaped the many benefits that accrue from greater visibility and concomitant critical review from user-generated content and access to consumers across the globe. As a distribution channel, it is certainly unrivaled in scope and size.

That model, however, has been under attack, not from competitors of emerging technology, but by the tax man in jurisdictions around the country, And the astonishing depth and endurance of the recession seems only to have sharpened their resolve to go after the resellers.

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