Thursday, November 18, 2010

Arizona Law Said to Harm Convention Businesses -

Arizona Law Said to Harm Convention Businesses -

The state’s convention business as a whole is down $45 million this year, hurt by controversy over the state’s immigration crackdown that went into effect over the summer, according to a study to be released Thursday.

Spinoff effects bring economic losses into the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the study, commissioned by the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy group in Washington. Potential future effects of fewer convention bookings could mean Arizona will receive an overall hit of more than $750 million, the study said.

The center, which opposes Arizona’s hard-line approach to illegal immigration, hired Elliott D. Pollack & Company, a respected Arizona economic consulting firm, to estimate how much the state would be likely to lose when it comes to conventions. The purpose was to send a message to the other states considering Arizona-style immigration crackdowns.

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