According to Lori Weisberg of the San Diego Union Tribune local merchants in San Diego’s tourist industry are beginning to be concerned with the number of cancellations coming in from the State of Arizona.
It looks like California boycotts of Arizona may just have the opposite effect. Certainly, no one appreciates being called a Nazi and a Racists for simply wanting the law enforced.
Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.
San Diego tourism leaders and hoteliers fear they could lose a sizable chunk of business this summer from valued “Zonies” who are so angered by elected leaders’ recent censure of Arizona for its illegal-immigration law that they’re mounting an informal boycott of their own.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and several hotels report receiving e-mails and letters from Arizona visitors saying they intend to change their plans to travel here in light of local outcry over their home state’s anti-illegal-immigration stance.
The bureau says it has received about 25 to 30 e-mails from Arizona residents reacting to resolutions passed last month by the San Diego City Council and school board, which were little more than symbolic protests aimed at the neighboring state’s lawmakers.
Still struggling from the prolonged economic downturn, San Diego’s visitor industry can ill afford to lose any of the 2 million Arizonans it counts on annually, said ConVis President Joe Terzi.
“We’re in a very tough environment already because of everything else going on, and we don’t need another negative impact to our industry,” Terzi said. “This affects all the hardworking men and women who count on tourism for their livelihoods, so we’re saying, don’t do something that hurts their livelihoods.”
In many of the e-mails to the visitors bureau, Arizonans bluntly expressed their displeasure with San Diego’s stance on the illegal-immigration law and said that staying away was the best way of registering their protest.
“So you see when people in government start to boycott it goes both ways,” said one e-mail. “You just lost our visits to our favorite places in your city and the $3,500 we had in our budget to spend there.”
School board President Shelia Jackson said that while she was disappointed to hear of people opting to stay away from San Diego, she doesn’t regret her vote.
“It’s sad that people would cancel their plans to come here in reaction to that, but I still think we did the right thing,” Jackson said. “Certainly, we know how important tourism is to San Diego, and it wasn’t my intent to impact the tourism trade.”
Well Ms Jackson, you have the nerve to call people trying to defend themselves, against the assault of a lawless group of illegal immigrants, a bunch of racists and Nazis, and now you are disappointed to hear they no longer feel welcome in San Diego? Think about this, the next time you are about to butt into the business of another state, open a match book and read the instructions, then think before you strike.
How about that, words and false accusations not only have meaning, they have consequences. Who knew? Good for Arizona 🙂