There is an article today entitled “Which Tourist Shop the most when they Travel” http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/tourists-shop-most-travel-200200780.html. It looks like the Chinese may soon take the top spot which I totally agree. Tourism is a large industry and the government in the US should make it easier for travelers especially the Chinese. The process for Chinese to obtain a visa is long and difficult to come to the US. We know because several years ago we brought my in-laws over from China to Vegas. The process took 4-6 months and required them to travel to Shanghai for an interview. The process in obtaining a visa is never as clear as it should be on the US government website and trying to get questions answered good luck. My wife works in the food service industry and meets a lot of Chinese tourist looking to spend money on gifts and always asking her the best places to go in Vegas. One time 2 Chinese gentlemen asked where they could go to see a show with girls and she said it was very expensive and they whipped out a large stack of 100 dollar bills and asked if it was enough! Most Chinese travelers spend less on fancy hotels and dinning and more on gifts for family and friends. When we go back to China we bring 2 extra suitcases loaded with gifts and purchases for family and friends. The main reason our friends want us to purchase items to bring back to them is the high taxes and it always comes down to taxes. For example, an iPhone may cost $300-$500 USD more than if they purchased in China. Cosmetics is another item that costs a lot more in China than the US because of the taxes. It is the same when I lived in New Hampshire which has no sales tax and we had a major mall located on the border of Massachusetts which has sales tax. Guess what everyone on the border of NH and Mass traveled to the mall especially for major purchases because it was tax free.
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