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Phoenix could lose $90M from immigration fallout

A city official says Phoenix could possibly lose hotel and convention center business worth about $90 million over the next five years because of fallout from Arizona’s new immigration law.

The law has attracted international attention as well as calls for tourists and businesses to boycott Arizona.

A deputy city manager who is monitoring the issue — David Krietor — says city and tourism officials in Phoenix have compiled a “watch list” tracking the potential fallout. The list includes four organizations that have canceled events and more than a dozen groups that have expressed concerns about the new law.

The $90 million figure represents the estimated amount of money that those groups’ members would spend in the region. Some events are scheduled to take place this year, while others are booked as far out at 2015.

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10 comments

  1. My experience in the local convention and meetings industry leads me to not place much crediblility on the dollars stated in this article. In the site selection process, planners consider more than one location. Just because the planner states that S1070 was a factor in their decision to go to another destination, it does not mean that the planner would not have taken their business to the other destination anyway. Additionally, there is not measure of the increased convention, conference, meetings, and tourism dollars coming to Arizona as a result of people supporting S1070 and the independent culture of our beautiful state.

  2. And the great folks down in Tennessee just lost business for how long because of rain & flooding

    There are many reasons a groups decide not to come to the valley

    It doesn’t mean we don’t enforce our laws

  3. Regardless of what you think of the new law, its bad for business and its making this state look like we have a bunch of idiots in control. I am so glad that the governor took into consideration all of the business who make so much money off of everyone documented or undocumented this includes (hotels, groceries, malls, entertainment, etc.). This figure might not be right on but I know AZ has been losing money and it will continue to do so until there are changes made.

  4. Everyone is quick to calculate how much we will lose over a five year period but, has any one calculated how much we will gain by not passing out freebies and benefits to illegals for five years?

  5. Once our budget overruns resulting from all the support of illegal immigrants is under control, our $3B a year expense for this will easily counter balance any losses real or imagined. Arizona’s law is a good step in the right direction, but border security and employer sanctions will stop the flow. Then we can look at guest workers and legal immigration for people who want to be part of American society and not take over our culture.

  6. well i think its great and i am moving there this fall. I know of 2 other people that are moving to Arizona also. no more free handouts to illegals.

  7. I believe the money saved will far out weigh any loss in revenue, and hopefully, improve the quality of life in Arizona as well. The legal , intelligent immigrants I know in Phoenix favor the law as much as I do. Good job Governor Brewer….Please stay the course, and refuse to be intimidated by these Thugs. We’re behind you.

  8. To James US Veteran: Thank you for your service to our country. I am eternally grateful to all of our servicemen and women. My question is, who will be cooking the food, picking the crops, and watching the children of your fellow statemen when you move to Arizona? There are illegal immigrants who commit crimes and get free handouts… however, there are legal citizens who commit crimes and get free handouts. Don’t you think the law is a little bit too broad to effectively target the right group of people?

  9. I agree with Rita. How can someone be suspicious of being illegal? You don’t know me. What does an illegal look like? I think you all need to check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knv6nDZX1mc&feature=player_embedded

    Do you think this new law will deter against immigration in AZ? Definitely.
    Could you agree that racism exists? Definitely.
    Could you agree that these people hold jobs in perhaps, as local law enforcement — police officers? Definitely.
    Could agree that these individuals would use this law to shield them for the harassment they could expend on ‘suspected’ individuals? Definitely.
    Could you agree that there is a stereotype for looking ‘illegal’? Definitely.

    Now….. Could you agree that those who fit under the stereotype of ‘looking illegal’, despite their actual legal status, are now upset and wanting to move away so they won’t have to deal with this loophole for harassment.
    That is where you lose billions of dollars from these people and actions from these people.

    Our housing market just experienced a bubble burst, and how we are deterring our own residents to move away??

    What would Jesus do? LOVE thy neighbor. Would Buddha find this law, as enlightening? Negative karma lives on.

    Are the illegals really causing as much damage as we think so? Our state has far more health safety concerns that has been slowing killing every single of us. Did you know PHX has been ranked as one of the lowest in air quality – compared to all other US big cities. And what about these EDUCATION CUTS we are doing, does anybody care that ARIZONA is becoming viewed as one of the most IGNORANT states? This new bill seems to be the icing of the cake. Did you know this latest PROP 100 is not all going to education as commercials would like you to believe? Yeah Jan Brewer, thanks for CUTTING EDUCATION and then placing a TAX on the ballot to help recover what you TOOK AWAY. I don’t believe I have ever seen such an ignorant person in office. Screw Jan Brewer, she can take her broomstick and witt back to Nazi Germany. I want my Napalitano back, at least for a second her to elect a a Lt Governor so we won’t have such an idiot.

    ……. and thats the dollar that I’ve made out of fifteen cents.

  10. and hey Daniel..
    you’ve made an indeed accurate point (Macrowise). However, another ‘con’ of choosing AZ as a venue for something further decreases the likelihood for an event being placed here, and therefore WILL decrease revenue since LESS events will be placed here (Microwise).

    You always have to look at the whole picture.

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