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America Outdoors E-Bulletin
April 13, 2006


 
Ocoee Outfitters Win Lawsuit to Invalidate County Rafting Tax International Marketing and Management Conference Set for Salt Lake

Ocoee Outfitters Win Lawsuit to Invalidate County Rafting Tax
 

Ocoee outfitters will see a significant reduction in their tax burden this year due to a Court ruling that invalidated a 10% privilege tax levied by Polk County, Tennessee on raft trips. Some outfitters had already stopped paying the tax. Arguing their position under SEC. 445. PROHIBITION ON NAVIGATION FEES of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, the Court also required the County to reimburse outfitters for taxes paid since 2002. The reimbursement could total several hundred thousand dollars, perhaps more, depending on how many outfitters were paying the tax. The County immediately called Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN) to ask for a modification of the federal legislation. Although Representative Wamp refused the request, America Outdoors is keeping a watchful eye on any effort to eliminate commercial river running from this important legislation.

SEC. 445 of the Maritime Transportation Security Act is a reiteration of a longstanding prohibition on local navigation fees that originated in the paddlewheel, steamboat era. The Rivers and Harbors Act of 1884 was cited in a similar ruling to determine the navigable status of the Youghiogheny River in repealing an amusement tax levied on rafting.

   
International Marketing and Management
Conference Set for Salt Lake City
The dates are set for the next America Outdoors Confluence. Plan to be with us in Salt Lake City, UT this November 28 to December 2 for AO's International Marketing and Management conference for adventure travel companies. The venue is the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and the trade show will be in the newly renovated Salt Palace Convention Center.

"The outdoor industry is changing rapidly to accommodate the needs of the "baby boomer" generation - the generation that has the money and time to spend on outdoor activities. Now we have to figure out how to attract Gen X'ers whose tastes are very different. Confluence brings that market knowledge together in one place. You can't afford to miss it." Greg P. Henington, Far Flung Outdoor Center, Terlingua, TX

"Even after 27 years as an outfitter I still find great value, friendship and camaraderie at every Confluence." Peter Grubb, Row Adventures, Coeur d'Alene, ID

"One of the things I like about Confluence is that I'm able to come away with new learnings and real-world solutions that can be applied immediately to help our business grow and succeed." Mac McKeever, marketing and promotions coordinator for L.L.Bean's Outdoor Discovery Schools, Freeport, ME


For more information and a general agenda go to Confluence 2006.
 
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