The US to charge a $10 entrance fee into the country to promote tourism.

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    Feb 27, 2010 6:00 PM GMT
    Now what kind of logic is that?

    "A bill that will create a tourism promotion organization for the United States has received its final passage in the Senate.

    The Travel Promotion Act calls for a nonprofit Corporation for Travel Promotion that will promote the United States as a travel destination and explain travel and security policies to international visitors.

    "This is a historic victory for the U.S. economy and one in eight American workers whose jobs depend on travel," Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement.

    President Obama is expected to sign the bill, which the Senate passed 78-18 Thursday, in the next 10 days, according to the travel association.

    A $10 fee charged to visitors from countries included in the Visa Waiver Program will partially fund the public-private organization. These visitors will pay the fee every two years when they register online using the Department of Homeland Security's Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ... "

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/02/26/travel.promotion.act/index.html?hpt=T2

    I know that the US is one of the few countries that doesnt advertise nearly as much as other countries, but to charge the people you are trying to attract a fee seems counterintuitive.

    What if they dont like their visit? Do they get a refund? ...Will there be rides and popcorn with that? .... icon_lol.gif

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    Feb 27, 2010 6:16 PM GMT
    Yet more nonsensical bureaucracy. Everything connected with the US border control is a wicked pastiche of a Kafka novel.
  • calibro

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    Feb 27, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    maybe it's like a cover at a gay club... paying 20 bucks to get in means it has to be good when you get in, right?
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    Feb 27, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    calibro saidmaybe it's like a cover at a gay club... paying 20 bucks to get in means it has to be good when you get in, right?


    i'd pay $20 to get in a club where you're aticon_twisted.gif
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Feb 27, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
    I'm sure it will end up costing $15 to collect the $10. In our infinite efficiency.
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    Feb 27, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    Strange. I thought that charging a fee to enter a country would DETER international tourists rather than attract them.
    Having said that, as a UK resident who has set foot in the USA five times so far, there are fantastic places I have visited, tops being the Grand Canyon and San Diego.
    On the other hand, prior to visiting the USA in 1977, my first visit, getting a tourist visa was a nightmare, but eventually succeded through perserverence. For the second visit in 1978, getting the visa renewed was much easier. By 1995, the visa waiver scheme was already in force, the best idea ever dreamt up by the US Government and British PM Margaret Thatcher.
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    Feb 27, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    Apparently other countries already have entry fees, I had no idea. Well regardless, I'm sure America will be a popular tourist destination.
  • jonhyboy

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    Feb 27, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    But I'm wondering why would they have to promote tourism... I mean in US there is NYC, San Francisco, Las Vegas, LA, Boston etc... I think that US doesn't need to promote tourism... NYC and all other big cities are ads in themselves.. well... that's my opinion lol and I don't want to be charged 10$ when I go in the US lol
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    Some cities already tack a hotel room levy to promote their tourism industry.
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    Feb 28, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    I agree that it seems counterintutive to charge $10 to visit the US when trying to promote tourism. On the other hand, it could generate a fair amount of revenue and people that are going to spend thousands of dollars on travel are not likely to be deterred from visiting because of an extra $10.
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    Feb 28, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    Whatever they call it, it's just another way to soak someone for more money. Why not visitors? They don't have a lobby do they? The visitors lobby?
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    Feb 28, 2010 12:48 AM GMT
    absolutely brilliant this is icon_rolleyes.gif

    we need another set of emoticons. i do wish we had one for sarcasm
  • totorosc

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    Feb 28, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    This reminds me of the Dominican Republic. You pay $10 USD to get a tourist card after you land and then you have to give it back 10 minutes later. It's a fucking rip-off.
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    Feb 28, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    Ummmmm wonder which party made this proposal?
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    Feb 28, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Seems logical to me.. but I am not coming here to visit.
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    Feb 28, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    TigerTim saidYet more nonsensical bureaucracy. Everything connected with the US border control is a wicked pastiche of a Kafka novel.


    Quoted for truth. The whole process of entering the USA now is one of the victories of Al Qaeda.
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    Feb 28, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    I had to pay a $20 fee to exit St lucia!!