Phoenix recently completed $600 million of renovations on its convention center and the cancellations could stick local taxpayers to pay the center’s debts. The city is facing a $240 million budget shortfall
The Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association said late last week that 19 meetings representing 15,000 room nights have been canceled statewide. Six major conventions were cancelled.
The Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association said the tally so far is 23 canceled meetings with an economic impact of $6 million to $10 million in lost business.
New Mexico : Governor Bill Richardson has publicly set New Mexico apart from Arizona by speaking out against the new law and has directed New Mexico’s Division of Human Rights to provide assistance to any state residents traveling to Arizona.