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msg:4185326
 11:44 am on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Starting September 8 most visitors to the US from the EU will need to pay $14 for the mandatory visa waiver program.

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I think it is a great concept: store all sorts of private data for sharing among government agencies, and have the visitors pay for it themselves! Oh, and use the money to "promote tourism"! </sarcasm>

 

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4185336
 12:23 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

The fee has been introduced to fund a programme which aims to promote tourism in the US and attract foreign spending.


Sorry? Promote tourism?

Rugles




msg:4185407
 3:31 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Certainly seems counter-productive. You would think they would just be happy that people are bringing in hard currency when they visit.

LifeinAsia




msg:4185409
 3:35 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yeah, we do things backwards here in the States. To try to get more people to come, we obviously charge more. (Los Angeles is trying to do the same thing- get an additional transient tax added to hotel bills and use that money to promote L.A. as a destination.)

Most likely, it's going to backfire (ya think?!), plus other countries will start charging (or increasing their fees) for U.S. tourists.

engine




msg:4185412
 3:41 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Governments around the world are looking for new ways to raise much needed revenue.

I'm not in the least bit surprised about this charge, but, I do find it questionable about it being to promote tourism. If they'd come out and said it's to cover admin of the system, then, I think i'd believe it a little more.

Rugles




msg:4185419
 3:53 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

added to hotel bills and use that money to promote L.A. as a destination


This practice is not limited to the US.

john_k




msg:4185425
 4:01 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Los Angeles is trying to do the same thing- get an additional transient tax added to hotel bills and use that money to promote L.A. as a destination.

In my area the city council has seriously considered an "axle tax" for entering the city. Thankfully it has not (yet) gained enough traction to actually put it up for a vote.

LifeinAsia




msg:4185444
 4:26 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

They might be smarter trying to tax people LEAVING the city.

Oops- didn't mean to give them any ideas!

roycerus




msg:4185495
 6:22 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

It's bad - but they are cashing in on the idea that people will not back out of visiting for a $14 charge.

Samizdata




msg:4185512
 7:10 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

They might be smarter trying to tax people LEAVING the city

Many years ago I visited a country that levied an exit tax.

The sum was tiny, it was one of the poorest countries on Earth, and I had a great time there, so I didn't mind - but I always wondered what would have happened if I had been unwilling or unable to pay.

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caribguy




msg:4185515
 7:20 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

They might be smarter trying to tax people LEAVING the city.


It's done here... Twenty bucks a head, ka-ching! There used to be a separate payment booth at the airport, now airlines incorporate it in the price of a ticket.

Rugles




msg:4185557
 8:19 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Cuba has an exit tax too. I want to say it was $20 as well. You have to pay it before you get to the departure lounge so I am sure there would be no way out of it.

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