Posts Tagged ‘ US tourism ’

The Trump effect on tourism to the USA

Nov 10th, 2016 | By
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Some may now think that they will not travel there but eventually, many will change their minds. As, I hope, will those dozens of Americans who said they will move into my house for four years if Trump was elected. If they come, I will need to build an extension. Or three!



Why Doesn’t the US Appeal?

Mar 19th, 2011 | By

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Have we lost our appetite for travelling to the USA? Figures released by the US government this week show that 1% fewer of us visited the country last year compared to 2009. What’s 1% you might say. That’s neither here nor there and can easily be made up. But the government also produced figures to show that over the last decade, the number of us travelling had dropped by 18% compared to the 1990’s. Only one other country, Japan had a higher drop over the decade.

Why might this be so?



Come to America, But Pay More

Mar 11th, 2010 | By

Like a lot of countries, the US hasn’t weathered the recession that well. Like most countries it has decided it needs to raise more money. Like some countries it has decided that tourism is a way of generating additional money. But to get additional tourists it has to advertise and promote itself. How does it do this? By slapping a S10 tax on everyone who wants to visit the country. The money this raises will be matched by up to $100 million of private sector contributions and the whole lot will be spent on promoting tourism.
Sorry it’s not a tax, it is a fee that will be charged every two years when you apply for the ESTA form which allows you to enter the US in the first place. The only people who won’t have to pay will be Americans and those who have had to pay $131 for a visa
The good news is that although signed into law, no date for its introduction has been announced yet.
Will it make a difference? Will it stop people going there?