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#1 Aug 24, 2012
I just read this article. Tourism numbers are up in every County in the State of North Carolina. They are up in Macon, Swain, Cherokee and Clay. I got a copy of the tourism tax collections for the first six months and Towns County is down about 10% over last year which was down from the year before.
Why can't we get some people on our Tourism board that knows what they are doing? We got a bunch of crooks looking to line their own pockets. Bunch of dummies
Since: Apr 11
#2 Aug 24, 2012
What are the feelings of local residents regarding tourism and tourists in the North GA Mountain area?
#3 Aug 24, 2012
We think you should stay at home.. And if you must come here learn to drive on curves first..
#4 Aug 24, 2012
I agree. we have a great lake and the mountains and waterfalls...what more could you ask for? And why does everyone go to Helen? They have a heck of a marketing plan or something?
#5 Aug 24, 2012
#6 Aug 24, 2012
The bed tax money goes to promote the GMF, which is trending down, and BVR, which is trending up thanks in large part to government meetings, functions, etc. BVR gets, by law, to keep I believe 50% of the tax they generate, plus they get a slice of everything else. That makes them THE major player in the money game.
You know of course that neither BVR or GMF pays any property taxes.
Part of that bed tax money also pays to keep the doors open at the do nothing chamber of commerce. Towns County is the only county around here that uses the money for that purpose but there's no other way they could stay open because it isn't supported locally.
The tourism board simply rubber stamps what GMF and BVR want, to keep everything legal. Look who "sits" on it and you'll understand why all the other small business' get shut out.
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