Jeff Gayduk

Leisure Group Travel’s Jeff Gayduk

In his “On My Mind” column, Leisure Group Travel publisher Jeff Gayduk, points to the budget crises facing many states, contending that “tourism is the piggy bank that’s being raided to pay for years of mismanagement and misappropriation.” Tourism tax dollars, he says, are being diverted for other purposes, thus undercutting the travel industry.

This broken system means that funds for tourism promotion are drying up. With lack of promotion, “fewer people are inclined to travel, which leads to a drop in tourism, which of course leads to less taxes, only exacerbating the hole we’re in,” he says. “It’s a vicious cycle that must stop.”