Sixteen state legislatures took up similar bills proposing to change the policy in 2013, but it only passed in one state, Oregon. Both sides are fighting over the taxes in courts from Florida to Chicago. A federal court in Texas and state courts in South Carolina and Georgia have all ruled that online travel sites must pay taxes on the full amount under existing statute, while the travel sites won a case in Los Angeles in 2004.
But can you actually demonstrate the impact travel has on an artistic career? University of Hamburg economist Christiane Hellmanzik attempts to measure the effect in a recent paper for the journal Empirical Economics and finds that whether or not travel makes artists better, it at least seems to make them more financially successful. Overall, trips to France had a significant positive effect on art prices6.8 percentthough the effect was far stronger before 1913.
Canucks also bucked the trend when it came to identifying the most important elements of a luxury holiday. While globally, five-star facilities emerged as top priorities -- particularly for the British -- Canadians and respondents from Latin America said they value authentic experiences over luxury amenities. Comfort and familiarity, meanwhile, are particularly important for German and Chinese travelers, who said they favor a home away from home. The most popular form of luxury travel? Not surprisingly, that was a secluded beach resort, chosen by 43 percent of respondents.