Thursday, March 4, 2010

How to increase tourism to America? Tax the tourists!

Foreign tourism is down.  According to the U.S. Travel Association, the country welcomed 2.4 million fewer overseas visitors last year" than a decade ago.  (Link here.)  In response, President Obama singed a bill into law that creates a public-private partnership to promote U.S. tourism.  (Link to story here.)

Give credit where credit is due . . . Obama isn't using tax dollars to pay for this and promotion of tourism should result in a net economic benefit to the country.

But where is the public portion of the partnership's funds coming from?  A new tax, of course.  A $10.00 per head tax on those very same foreign travelers this campaign is trying to attract.

Brilliant.  Just brilliant.  

Here's the text of the first ad . . . "We're out of money so come to America and give us yours.  Thanks."

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