Monday, May 03, 2010

Tourism industry could be among biggest losers in immigration fight

The Arizona Republic

Dawn Gilbertson

Arizona's multibillion-dollar tourism industry, still struggling to recover from a bruising recession, has been among the highest-profile targets of immigration-law opponents.

Calls for a boycott of Arizona meetings and vacations started within Arizona, with U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva asking for a convention boycott a few days before Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law April 23.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the only publicized cancellation to date, but hotel and convention officials say that 19 meetings have been cancelled and several other groups have taken Arizona off the list of sites under consideration in the past week. The cancellations could have an economic impact of more than $6 million, the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association said.

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