|08-24-2006, 07:03 AM||#1|
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The cruise line industry has itself to blame for this one, having made crucial environment mistakes year after year, and to some extent thumbing their nose at Alaska authorities in the past. Personally I find some of the provisions passed, outrageous, such as disclosing the markup the cruise lines charge for shore excursions.
I'm wondering if the cruise lines aren't already thinking of ways to maximize their cruising outside the 12 mile limit of Alaska state waters to avoid the casino tax. There are many places in the "Inside Passage" they will continue to cruise inside the 12 mile limit, but there are opportunities to stay outside the limit as well.
I have no doubt many of the provisions of the new state law will be in the courts for years.
|08-24-2006, 03:29 PM||#2|
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"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
|08-24-2006, 04:06 PM||#3|
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To whom does the cruise line have to report the markup of shore excursions? The article is vague on this and this issue is ridiculous. Everyone wants the piece of the tourist dollar and at some point tourists will walk with their dollars to another destination.
I do not know if this is still the case, but back in 1990, NY City charged 22% tax on room rates over $100.00. I refused to pay it and was going to stay outside the city when I found a rate of $99.00 a night at the Sheraton. The tax rate for rooms below the $100 a night rate was 17%. We all have our wince point.
In our area, which is the CA wine country, almost every election brings a local measure to tax the tourist. I hear it from my clients all the time about the extra cost to a rental car or hotel room. I have clients who have paid more in taxes on their rental car than what the rental rate was. With airline taxes and surcharges going up, too, we could(should?) see a tourist revolt
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