Volume 1 Issue 4 December 2003 Commentary 1

Canadian report on government revenue from tourism groundbreaking in its methodology

by Scott M. Meis (Canadian Tourism Commission, Canada)

Recently, the Canadian Tourism Commission released a report on taxes and other sources of government revenue. It is threatening to make waves in Canada, as it opens the door to issues of taxation vis-à-vis other sectors of the economy. In addition, this report is significant because the overall methodological approach was groundbreaking and, as a result, generated very solid numbers.

A few weeks ago, CTC released a report on the amount of revenue the government was receiving from the tourism sector, entitled Government Revenue Attributable to Tourism (GRAT). This report confirms what we had already published on the question, and also raises questions for future public policy debates in Canada.

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