I am sitting in an industry meeting listening to people tell me all the opportunities, as a tourism-based business, to feed at the public trough and get government funding. Example topic: "How to turn your business slowdown into a natural disaster to get disaster-relief funds." Yuk. I feel dirty.
Also, my business gets taxed (via sales-tax-like lodging taxes) to support government tourism marketing (in this case, California). Of course, I don't think any of it returns the money invested in it. Also, the type of recreation I represent (camping) is totally unrepresented in the ads. As is typical, these public-private tourism promotion tend to disproportionately benefit the politically connected businesses.