Tampa Bay Business Journal / September 9, 2011 

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President and Chief Executive Officer Carol Dover moderated a panel discussion about online travel companies at a Friday board meeting in Orlando. 

Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, was among the panelists. 

A measure discussed during the 2011 legislative session would have created a tax advantage for out-of-state OTCs such as Expedia and Orbitz.  The bill passed the House but died in the Senate. 

The FRLA opposes any similar effort to create such a tax advantage in the future, the organization said in a statement.