The latetst junk tax – US proposes $10 fee on foreign visitors — to promote travel! will allegedly become a reality.
The Travel Promotion Act of 2009, passed by the United States Senate on 9 September 2009 by a margin of 79-19, with 1 Senator not voting, allows “to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.”
This may mean that some visitors to the United States may be charged a US$10 fee just for visiting the United States. That money apparently will be used to fund ways to attract more international tourists to the United States, which quite a number of FlyerTalk members believe is an “absolutely terrible idea,“ while other FlyerTalk members fear retaliatory fees by other nations will be imposed on tourists who are citizens of the United States when entering their countries.