- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina travelers will no longer pay extra taxes for spa treatments, salon services and other conveniences that can be tacked onto hotel bills.

Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law deleting certain items from the additional 5 percent accommodations taxes on hotel stays. The law takes effect July 1.

Whether travelers currently pay the tax can depend on how they pay, and legislators said that’s unfair.

For example, the tax is not added if someone pays for a massage at the hotel spa. But if they sign for the service, and it’s added to their room bill, they pay the tax.

Other exempt items include promotional tourist packages and outside transportation.

The state’s economic advisers estimate the law will reduce revenue by $1 million in the next fiscal year.