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Phoenix could lose $90M from immigration fallout

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PHOENIX (AP) — A city official says Phoenix could possibly lose hotel and convention center business worth about $90 million over the next five years because of fallout from Arizona's new immigration law.

The law has attracted international attention as well as calls for tourists and businesses to boycott Arizona.

A deputy city manager who is tracking the issue — David Krietor — says Phoenix city and tourism officials have compiled a "watch list" of about 19 events. The list includes four organizations that have canceled events, in addition to more than a dozen other groups that have expressed concerns about the new law.

The $90 million figure represents the estimated amount of money that those groups' members would spend in the region. Some events are scheduled to take place this year while others are booked as far out at 2015.


Information from: The Arizona Republic


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