A report released Monday states that seven months after the boycott of Arizona businesses in response to the state’s controversial immigration law has cost the state $141 million in lost meeting and convention business alone since governor Jan Brewer signed the law in April.
Conventions have relocated, businesses have lost big contracts, musicians have called off concerts, and cities and counties in dozens of states have passed resolutions to avoid doing business with the entire state or Arizona.
Despite boycott organizers’ hopes though, the state’s economy has not come to a screeching halt. According to the Associated Press, more people actually went to the Grand Canyon this year than the year before, and more stayed at certain hotels and resorts as well.
The report was commissioned by the Center for American progress, and put the loss to hotels overall, during the first four months after the law was signed, at around $45 million, and added that visitors would have spent another $96 million during their stays.
So while the boycott did some damage to Arizona’s economy, it failed to cripple the state completely.