Column: Immigration law hits Arizona's hotel industry

06/7/2010 | Travel Weekly

Jeri Clausing explains how Arizona's lodging industry was hit hard by the economic downturn and is now facing a potentially longer-term, more devastating challenge in the form of the state's new immigration law. Many government entities and other organizations have joined travel boycotts of Arizona, resulting in a wave of meeting and convention cancellations. The law has prompted as much as $12 million in canceled meetings business as of last week. That figure does not include any new bookings that were lost.

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