“More than anything, travel boycotts hurt the local communities and the workers who rely on jobs in the travel and tourism sectors,” said Michael Gehrisch, president and CEO of DMAI. “In the case of Arizona, the Arizona Office of Tourism estimates that a boycott would affect 200,000 industry workers — and their families.”
A meetings and tourism boycott doesn’t hurt the state legislators who drafted the bill; it punishes an entire industry that played no role in the measure’s conception.
“It is very bad policy to boycott the businesses and harm the workers of Arizona based on actions of the state legislature,” said R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president of Government Affairs for the U.S. Chamber. “The travel and tourism industry is essential to growth and job creation throughout this country. The last thing we need to do is punish those who are working hard to create the jobs that our nation’s economy desperately needs.”