April 28th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Will controversy cool Arizona tourism?

A. Pawlowski

Millions of visitors flock to Arizona each year to relax in beautiful places like the Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu and the resort town of Sedona, but a political storm is threatening to impact the state's tourism.

Anger in the wake of a new state law - which requires Arizona police to determine whether people are in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect they aren't - has prompted some to call for a boycott of its hospitality industry.

"Our members are concerned," said Debbie Johnson, president and CEO of the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association, which represents hundreds of hotels, bed and breakfasts and resorts in the state.

"They're hearing from a lot of folks who visit and they're obviously concerned with where this is playing out."

The fallout started last week when the bill was signed into law.


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  1. Susan, Ca

    I'm proud of Arizona and I hope more of the border states, like mine, will follow suit. Maybe then the federal gov. will finally act to secure our borders.

    Think I'll plan a trip to Arizona soon to show my support. They are doing the right thing and forcing people to address this on-going problem. Good for them!! We all carry some form of ID, without one we can't drive, work, cash checks, etc. Why is everyone upset about this? My understanding is that legal immigrants are required to carry their green card....so what's the big deal?

    April 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  2. Charles

    I honestly don't understand what the uproar is about this law. Everyone who drives has to have a driver's license with them. I applaud Arizona for passing this important it. If your an american citizen then you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm |