Tourism

Wine, taxes and tourists

May 28th, 2016 Press Democrat Opinion: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5532822-181/thursdays-letters-to-the-editor Wine, taxes and tourists EDITOR: Reading the article about Rep. Mike Thompson introducing a bill to lower taxes on the wine industry was absolutely disgusting (“Big breaks bubbling up,” Tuesday). The wine industry is a great contributor to the local economy — but at a severe cost. Tourists …

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Fred Allebach on the wine-tourism-hospitality costs

Fred Allebach 4/15/16   “Tourism can only be sustainable if it is carefully managed so that potential negative effects on the host community and the environment are not permitted to outweigh the financial benefits.” http://traveltips.usatoday.com/positive-negative-effects-tourism-63336.html   Pretty much in Sonoma all we have heard about are tourism’s benefits. Boosters and government like the wine-tourism-hospitality combine …

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Growing Pains: Myths and Realities of a Tourism Based Economy by Padi Selwyn

Close to Home  Growing Pains: Myths and Realities of a Tourism Based Economy   By Padi Selwyn Tourism is the best economic development driver, right? Tourists come, spend their money, and leave. Wonderful, right? Wrong. New and extensive research is debunking the myths of an economy dominated by tourism. In early April, Napa Vision 2050 …

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5 Stages: “Tourism’s Faustian Deal” – George Caloyannidis: NAPA Vision 2050

The NAPA Vision 2050 group recently held an economic forum for citizens who want to protect their neighborhoods from binge tourism. The tourism industry is known to create low paying jobs, higher rents, increased traffic and GHG, fractures communities with events and parties, pressures bad land use and zoning, skyrockets property values, loss of young people …

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PD Letter to the Editor nails lax enforcement by county

Saturday’s Letters to the Editor Lax enforcement EDITOR: The majority of the Board of Supervisors abandoning a meaningful vacation rental policy exposes a countywide failure: increasing land-use conflicts plus the total absence of code enforcement (“Blanket ban on vacation rentals rejected,” Jan. 27). The Press Democrat reported last spring that code violations are backlogged at …

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Healdsburg again ponders restricting the number of tasting rooms in town

Comment from article: Food + Wine = More Wine, please. Reality is: Sonoma and Napa counties no longer engage in “Wine Tasting” … wineries make far more revenue from “long duration drinking” paired with food.  Sit tourists down in your tasting room or serve them “wine and food pairings” at a table.  In addition to revenue …

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