Boycotts of meetings in, and travel to, Arizona are continuing, in protest of SB 1070, legislation passed by the state in April that is considered the strictest illegal immigration statute in the country. While at least 23 meeting cancellations had been recorded by the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association as a result of the boycotts at press time, some travel and meetings industry supporters argue against the tactics. Boycotts, they say, unfairly punish hotel workers and others in the travel industry.
In early May, a boycott was organized by the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group, and a coalition of Hispanic, union, and civil rights organizations. Its campaign supporting a boycott asks organizations to sign a pledge not to meet in Arizona and to encourage other groups to stay away as well. It specifically cites major league baseball, which it believes should not hold the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix as scheduled.