July 29th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

Arizona tourism fears long-term effects

A. Pawlowski

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It's been a long, hot summer for Arizona even without the help of the scorching temperatures that have made the state's landscape so unforgettable for many visitors.

Tourists are still flocking to beautiful places such as the Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu and the resort town of Sedona, and hotel occupancy is up across the state despite a political storm that prompted some to call for a boycott of Arizona's hospitality industry.

But while the leisure snapshot seems encouraging, tourism officials say they are worried about the long-term impact on lucrative business travel, which they say may be affected for years to come.

At least 40 groups have canceled meetings or conventions in Arizona since Gov. Jan Brewer signed a new immigration bill, said Kristen Jarnagin, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association.

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  1. Sean

    You must be kidding me, most everyone I know supports the Arizona law. Just look at the polls in which the majority of people support Arizona, so why would you report that their tourism is hurting due to their attempting to control illegal immigration? This makes no sense? Is this media spin? I'm actually planing a trip to see the Grand Canyon and I can tell you that I wasn't planning to do so until these silly boycotts came up. I WILL NOT be spending one dime of my money in California, but Arizona, here I come.

    July 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm |