Thanks, Blondie for your truthful input. A few years ago, I had some friends in Argentina get excited about coming to the U.S for the International Convention,..... until they saw the price! Evidently, God isn't rich enough or is having a recession in heaven to supply the funds for their trip.
The WTBTS has learned they have a submissive customer base of rich Jehovah's Witnesses that need the emotional propping up or publishers that want to soar with the Eagles and they are willing to pay big-time money for attending a special assembly in a foreign country, for the Stories they Can Tell. (Sounds like a Jimmy Buffett Song). WTBTS has learned that selling the "Brotherhood is an Extremely Profitable Market."
Peaceful, trustworthy people that you are soon/imminently going to share the earthly paradise with, picking you up at the airport, taking you out to restaurants, sightseeing, visiting Regional Wineries dating back to the Romans, and visiting Bethels. If Lucky, (by coincidence) You may even be introduced to a Missionary or Circuit Overseer and their Wife. You may/could enjoy the happy hour with the CO. Wow, what an opportunity. The WTBTS doesn't pay a penny for the tour guides as they are volunteers counting their Theocratic Activity time. The CO's and wives, pioneers, etc will gladly share their time as not only are they counting it, it keeps the Game going. I recommend buying their drinks. (It's Like when everyone is bankrupt in Monopoly but the winner wants to play some more so he lends money to the other players, but after a half an hour, he still wins.)