I guess my angle is how to encourage people who visit here to move here, and see benefits of being a resident over a vacationer. Taxes and education are pretty big issues. Lack of real year-round work outside of a very consolidated area are problems. The state needs revenue, but they ain't gonna get it from us residents.I think you have to define "good job." There are plenty of "good jobs" available that no one wants to do, even in classic VT industries like logging and quarrying/stone fabrication.
If you look at the migration data for those moving to VT, most are higher net-worth/salary earning individuals. Many are moving to Chittenden County/greater Burlington because that's where those jobs are (or education systems that feed people into those jobs) and thus where a lot of the tax revenue is spent. Most still drive to play, I'd assume.
So sure, tax/limit tourism. But if the intent is to create a more holistic economy that benefits all VTers (or anyone in any state outside of that income bracket), tourism is just a microcosm of a bigger picture problem that includes plenty of those who call VT home, including most who MTB I assume.
But to answer your question, I would still go. Family and friends and long standing business vendors make me feel comfortable not feeling like a "Stowe" tourist. I don't think I'm special but do think creating binaries between in and out of state visitors is a simplification that ignores a more thoughtful conversation.
If a location could take the car traffic out of the equation for tourism, that would be a big shift. A real min. wage bill would be a big shift. There are ways tourism could work a lot better, but it has been said, "Americans are addicted to cheap travel." Would folks still come if it were less affordable, and or they made concessions like took a train and mass transit while here.
The buzz in tourism now is about carbon footprint. It's mostly buzz unless you're super rich. It's easy to go to a 100 percent green resort in Bali when you spend 5 grand a day. Lol. The affordable option should be the most sustainable, but this seems somehow contradictory to how capitalism wants to function.
I think folks accurately point out that Tourism is all Vt, or other places have for now and going forward. It is an undeniable national trend as well. The juice needs to be worth the squeeze. Less people paying more money that benefits residents more seems logical.