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Old 05-20-2010, 02:30 AM
 
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Hitting tourism

It's already having an effect on tourism, officials say, and it could get worse as time goes on. Within two weeks of the immigration bill's passage, 23 large groups of conventioneers had canceled plans to come to Phoenix, costing the city as much as $10 million in business, says Kristen Jarnagin, spokeswoman for the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

At the Phoenix Convention Center, the nation's oldest African-American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, has scrubbed plans for a July event involving 5,000 conventioneers. At least 19 other groups may follow suit, resulting in a loss of $90 million in revenue, according to local published reports.

Ben Bethel, who operates the boutique Clarendon Hotel in the northern section of downtown Phoenix, says he's been hit hard by the boycotts, since he gets some of the overflow business from larger hotels nearby. His bookings have dropped by 40% since the law was enacted.

Phoenix hospitality business is hit by boycotts - MarketWatch

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Old 05-20-2010, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I won't say that this is entirely due to boycott. Tourism and businesses require a welcoming environment. People may not be boycotting, just don't want to deal with AZ politics. I would too.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:42 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Politics can get ugly. Since this whole "boycott" thing AZ tourists are staying home too. SD will feel that and I bet a lot of the money will cancel each other out.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:13 AM
 
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Politics can get ugly. Since this whole "boycott" thing AZ tourists are staying home too. SD will feel that and I bet a lot of the money will cancel each other out.
Agree!
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Politics can get ugly. Since this whole "boycott" thing AZ tourists are staying home too. SD will feel that and I bet a lot of the money will cancel each other out.
It’s a classic example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. They’re too stupid to realize most citizens support the AZ law, and many are punishing the boycotters by changing their plans or refusing to patronize businesses.

When the dust settles, these idiot boycotters will be on the losing end. Then, they will focus on damage control, to no avail. Nothing they do will change the fact that they chose to support illegals, rather than the citizens of Arizona and this country.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Hitting tourism

It's already having an effect on tourism, officials say, and it could get worse as time goes on. Within two weeks of the immigration bill's passage, 23 large groups of conventioneers had canceled plans to come to Phoenix, costing the city as much as $10 million in business, says Kristen Jarnagin, spokeswoman for the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

At the Phoenix Convention Center, the nation's oldest African-American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, has scrubbed plans for a July event involving 5,000 conventioneers. At least 19 other groups may follow suit, resulting in a loss of $90 million in revenue, according to local published reports.

Ben Bethel, who operates the boutique Clarendon Hotel in the northern section of downtown Phoenix, says he's been hit hard by the boycotts, since he gets some of the overflow business from larger hotels nearby. His bookings have dropped by 40% since the law was enacted.

Phoenix hospitality business is hit by boycotts - MarketWatch

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Old 05-20-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Politics can get ugly. Since this whole "boycott" thing AZ tourists are staying home too. SD will feel that and I bet a lot of the money will cancel each other out.
SD-LA area has more than twice the number of total population of AZ. They can afford the boycott a lot more than AZ as a state could. Besides, and as I mentioned earlier, AZ is bound to lose a lot more than just south CA residents. I bet a lot of foreign tourists are revising their plans, as well as tourists from other states. Not to forget, about 8% of its population that contributes to the state's economy via sales tax, the businesses that rely on them, that AZ wants out.

Even with ZERO boycotts, this is perfect recipe for a blow to already struggling financial situation of the state. Of course, nothing would serve politicians better than a little distraction away from economic issues of the state.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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It’s a classic example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. They’re too stupid to realize most citizens support the AZ law, and many are punishing the boycotters by changing their plans or refusing to patronize businesses.

When the dust settles, these idiot boycotters will be on the losing end. Then, they will focus on damage control, to no avail. Nothing they do will change the fact that they chose to support illegals, rather than the citizens of Arizona and this country.
Several have already behind closed doors stated they are not in support of these boycotts which is not being streamed by MSM, of course. And yes, when the dust settles, they will have wished they did not jump on the knee jerk posturing for what they thought would be for political gain, it will be to their loss as they have seen America is not behind them.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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SD-LA area has more than twice the number of total population of AZ. They can afford the boycott a lot more than AZ as a state could. Besides, and as I mentioned earlier, AZ is bound to lose a lot more than just south CA residents. I bet a lot of foreign tourists are revising their plans, as well as tourists from other states. Not to forget, about 8% of its population that contributes to the state's economy via sales tax, the businesses that rely on them, that AZ wants out.

Even with ZERO boycotts, this is perfect recipe for a blow to already struggling financial situation of the state. Of course, nothing would serve politicians better than a little distraction away from economic issues of the state.
I'll wager you're right but not because of AZ's law. The Euro is collapsing and those countries are on the brink of bankruptcy and each country is now enacting "austerity" measures which includes increased taxes and decreased salaries.

To not count that and base your post solely on "AZ law" is silly..the Europeans don't give a crap about our problems with illegals from Mexico.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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These articles always fail to mention the added business they possibly could have picked up due to the bill. Not everyone disagrees with it.
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