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Old 12-31-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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Should the US have a National Tourism Bureau like in other countries? State and local governments have them, but NOT on the federal level. Should the US have a nationalized bureau to further advertise the country? Perhaps we should have more overseas tourism? Yes, for international arrivals, we are indeed number two. However, that number 2 spot is at least 17 million behind France according to wikipedia. Considering we are larger and more geographically diverse than France, shouldn't the US be in the number 1 spot? A start to make that happen could possibly be a more accessible NATIONAL tourism bureau that promotes the ENTIRE country; rather than hoping some international visitors will find and access all the different local agencies. More tourists would bring in more money into the US and possibly even (though slightly) improve our image around the world. What do you all think?
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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There used to be such a thing, but people with a fiery determination to cut the fat out of the federal budget eliminated it in 1996. Currently, the US Travel & Tourism Administration collects and analyzes a lot of data and statistics and provides technical advice and assistance to US entities involved in or promoting international tourism, but there is no longer any formal national effort along the lines you envision that hawks or plays up the US as a can't-miss destination for foreign tourists.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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There has been a relatively recent initiative along these lines though.

Where citizens in a country (there's 36 of them) that's part of the VWP (Visa Waiver Program) could previously simply fill out the form and print out the approval, they now have to pay a fee to do so.
As of Sept. 2010, you had to pay a $14 dollar fee to complete the paperwork (which has to be done minimum 72 hours prior to travel), this money is intended to be used to promote international tourism to the US, though I'm not completely up to date as to how they specifically plan on doing that.

I suppose the benefits of this approach is that it doesn't come out of the "tax payers" pocket, but rather the people who are most likely to go on vacation to the US, it's also a small enough fee that it doesn't deter people from actually coming, if used appropriately, it could spur an exponential growth of both the funds available for advertising and the number of visitors to the US.

More info on the VWP can be found here
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Why do you want to ruin the tourist industry? Yea thats just what we need another bloated government bureaucracy trying to fix whats not broken.
Maybe we can hire some senators trophy wife to head up the new office for a paltry 6 figure salary.


bill
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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Yes we should. There are too many obstacles to foreign tourists. The latest, should they visit Alabama, fortunately not a big international tourist state, they could be arrested for not having proper identification.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Absolutely not. The USA is far larger than a country like France or England both in population and size and a federal tourism bureau would have an incredibly difficult time representing the entire US fairly.

Imagine how senators and congressmen will fight to influence this hypothetical federal body to try to steer tourism to their state. Another huge opportunity for earmakrs.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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What the United States should have is fewer TSA performing full body cavity searches on 78-year-old grandmothers.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Altoona, PA
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No.

This should be left to individual states. This is too large and too diverse of a country for such a thing to work. It would just become a huge waste of federal money.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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It's one of those thing that is a good idea "in theory".

However, as many have already pointed out, it seems like the US Government cannot run any sort of bureau efficiently. Somehow it would end up as another battleground for Red vs Blue and would just be a huge waste of taxpayer money.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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NO America is broke right now and our government is way too big, we dont need another program to suck the 53% of us who actually pay taxes.
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