WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, chairman of the Federal Spending Oversight Subcommittee, released the sixth installment of his “Worldwide Waste” series, a special project of “The Waste Report.” Dr. Paul’s “Waste Report” alerts taxpayers to egregious examples of waste within the U.S. government to help reform spending and keep legislators accountable to the people.
If too many countries have American taxpayers funding some form of tourism promotion, then would-be tourists are being told, effectively, to visit everywhere. But because they can’t visit everywhere, it means that taxpayers are likely not getting a very good return on the considerable global expense they have paid to promote foreign tourism. It also means the United States is basically competing for tourists against itself, harming the countless American businesses that are sensitive to the loss or gain of tourism-based revenue.
“Worldwide Waste, Part 6” reports on stories such as our government sending $98 million in tourism support to Jordan, more than $16 million over many years to Macedonia, including on projects to make it a hot spot for adventure tourists, and nearly $2 million to Belarus, including to a bed and breakfast featured by USAID that led tourists in an ancient rite to a pagan harvest god.