Despite calls by some for a travel and tourism boycott in response to Arizona’s new immigration law, the hotel industry’s biggest lobby, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), has said it will not move or cancel its June summer summit meeting, scheduled for June 15-16 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“We do not plan to move our summer meeting from Arizona,” AH&LA CEO Joe McInerney told USA Today, the paper reported yesterday. “It would send the wrong message to the industry.”
According to McInerney, AH&LA does not support a travel industry boycott of Arizona and—despite the large number of foreign-born workers in the hospitality industry—plans to stay out of the Arizona immigration debate.
“We do not support in any way a boycott of one of Arizona’s biggest industries because these ill-advised actions hurt the state’s 1,100 lodging properties and their 52,000 employees and their families,” he said in a separate statement, according to USA Today. “Attempting to score political points on a serious issue like immigration reform by hurting the livelihood of thousands of our employees is not a constructive way to solve one of the nation’s most vexing issues. We encourage visitors to travel to Arizona to support the state’s hospitality industry, and leave state politics to its residents.”