This is especially sweet news as we await the judge’s decision (expected today) regarding Arizona’s SB 1070, the new law scheduled to go live on Thursday. Besides the moral victory, the failure of the boycotts sends a supportive message to every other state that has signaled interest in legislation similar to Arizona’s. Keep in mind as you read this story–the boycotts not only have failed–but have had the opposite impact as we launched our commitment of support for Arizona–hotels, tourism in general and revenue for the state have all increased during the past two months. Sweet, and congratulations Patriots!
Arizona’s tourism industry has a target on its back, but the widespread boycotts over the state’s immigration law might not be hitting the mark.
Recent data compiled by a market research group show hotel bookings across the state — as well as in tourism hot spots Phoenix and Scottsdale — have been on the rise the past two months…”Fundamentally, the boycotts have been unsuccessful,” said Barry Broome, president of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
The data from hotel industry research firm STR showed that for the state of Arizona, hotel occupancy was up 5.7 percent in May and up 8.3 percent in June compared with the same time a year ago.
In Phoenix, occupancy was up 10.6 percent in June; in Scottsdale, it was up 10.7 percent for the same period. Revenue also was up, with Arizona hotels raking in $148 million last month — up more than 11 percent from a year ago.
So keep those vacations plans for Arizona coming! We need to send a consistent message to every state and every politician that doing the right thing regarding immigration will benefit their state.
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