CVB survey indicates divergence on taxes

A global benchmark survey of convention and visitors bureaus worldwide has identified the issue of local tourism taxes as one of the most significant differences between European and US organisations. In the US, tourism taxes such as those applying to hotel guests and venue clients account for more than 70% of CVB income. Athens-based tourism and marketing consultant Dr Dimitris Koutoulas said: "Similar taxes could work in Europe but the fear regarding loss of competition needs to be overcome. If all the major players in the European MICE industry got together and agreed that this type of funding would give them a significant advantage, they could then overcome that fear together." Do you think European CVBs should be funded by tourism taxes? Let us know your views via email to cit@haynet.com

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