Friday, April 29, 2011

Add Atlanta tourism boosters to those who oppose Georgia's illegal immigration bill

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

That makes too many to count. Via Jeremy Redmon at the AJC:

By a unanimous vote, the [Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau]’s executive committee passed a resolution saying House Bill 87 is “unwelcoming” and could “tarnish Atlanta’s reputation as one of America’s most welcoming cities.”

“The loss of potential revenues associated with conventions and tourism would have an adverse effect on Atlanta’s economy and the businesses and employees directly and indirectly associated with Atlanta’s hospitality industry,” the resolution says.

Atlanta’s convention and tourism boosters are hoping Georgia won’t suffer like Arizona, which lost dozens of conventions amid economic boycotts after that state enacted similar legislation last year. The leisure and hospitality industry ranks as the fourth largest employer in the Atlanta region with about 223,000 jobs, according to the bureau.

Officials say some convention organizers have inquired about HB 87, but none have canceled their events. Yet.

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