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Saturday, April 26 • 2:15pm - 2:30pm
When Politics Scares Away Visitors LIMITED

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Vacationers and event organizers have a lot of discretion where to spend their travel dollars. If a location is seen inhospitable, they are happy to quickly walk away and plan a trip elsewhere. Arizona recently faced the potential to lose travelers after the legislature there passed a law allowing businesses to discriminate against gays. The CEOs of major airlines and hotels quickly pressed the governor for veto, which she did. Arizona saw a large drop off in 2010 when it enacted a tough law targeting illegal immigrants that many saw as allowing racial profiling. Conventions and corporate retreats were canceled or rescheduled as a result. Finally, there was the lingering effects of a posh AIG retreat that drew strong criticism at the height of the recession and a ripple effect of companies scaling back their own retreats as a result.

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Scott Mayerowitz

Airlines Reporter, Associated Press
Scott Mayerowitz is an enterprise travel reporter with the Associated Press. Prior to the AP, Mayerowitz reported on travel for ABC News and oversaw the network’s online travel section. He has won several journalism awards, including one for breaking news coverage of the American... Read More →

Saturday April 26, 2014 2:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
3rd Floor - Sessions (Bohemian National Hall) 321 E. 73rd St. NY, NY 10021