The court backed a prior lower-court decision that said intermediaries such as OTAs aren’t hotels and therefore aren’t subject to occupancy taxes, or what the state terms a “transient rental rate.” That rate runs about 6% of revenue in jurisdictions such as Miami’s Dade County and Orlando’s Orange County. “We applaud today’s confirmation by the Florida Supreme Court that Florida hotel taxes do not apply to online travel agents and the amount they charge for their services,” Travel Tech President Steve Shur said in a statement. Florida is one of more than two dozen locales where state and local governments have battled OTAs in court over the past few years over taxes. OTAs typically pay hotels a wholesale rate and collect the occupancy taxes on that rate, but they don’t pay occupancy taxes on their markup. Get the full story at Travel Weekly and Mashable