Arizona Boycott Fail: Resorts See Big Increase This Year; Phoenix a Top Domestic Destination, Survey Says

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Despite the efforts of anti-Arizonans like Congressman Raul Grivalva, a boycott against the state this year appears to have failed miserably.


Grivalva was among the critics of Arizona's harsh immigration law, SB1070, who called for the boycott. City councils across the country passed toothless resolutions in favor of boycotting the Grand Canyon State, and tourism officials here worried about the potential loss of revenue.


All that angst was for nothing.

A recent survey by a travel company, as reported recently in the Business Journal, shows that Phoenix is No. 10 in the Top 10 domestic travel destinations, tying with Chicago for the position. That seems like a decent ranking when you consider that other destinations on the list included places like Hawaii, Orlando and being on an Alaskan cruise.

On top of that, the Arizona Republic reported yesterday that Phoenix resorts saw "significant increases" this year over 2009. Discounts and promotions offered by these resorts helped bring in customers, meaning the resorts wouldn't want too many years like 2010. But those kind of marketing tactics would be expected during tough economic times like these. In any case, it seems difficult to separate the relatively minor effect (if any) of a boycott from the overall, national lack of money. A liberal group claimed in November that the state had lost nearly $150 million because of the boycott. Even if that's true, it's nothing compared to the billions still flowing in, thanks to folks around the country who love to visit Arizona.


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Desert Sun
Desert Sun

I'm in Tucson. The major hotel down the street has been offering 50% discounts for the better part of the last year. I'm sure given the recent mayhem that it will have to do so well into this year. I think this is true of most tourism here, it's living on discounts. That can go on only so long. Maybe Phoenix is different. As the center of right-wing politics in AZ, it's probably true that visitors share the majority of local residents' disdain for civil rights, gun control, criticism of fear-mongering, etc. Quite an accomplishment. Congratulations.

Info
Info

No matter the facts and figures...it's clear that despite the boycott and economy, tourism in Arizona (Scottsdale anyway) is alive and well. I run a business which serves the vacationers as well as part time residents, and I've seen actual growth this year despite all.

linaimai
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CooperG
CooperG

Not according to US News and World Report, we're not even in the top 20

http://travel.usnews.com/Ranki...

We're not in the top 20 "Best Affordable" destinations...

http://travel.usnews.com/Ranki...

We're not in the top 10 anything for LGBT destinations...

http://www.communitymarketingi...

Flagstaff comes in 64th and Phoenix 76th this "Best Trip Choices" rankings.

http://www.besttripchoices.com...

In the Travel Trends rankings, we dropped two places from 6th to 8th.

http://www.travelleaders.com/t...

A hotel booking firm doesn't have Arizona in the top 10 rankings, based on actual booking data.

http://www.hotelscombined.com/...

Beware the "N of 1" trap.

Pretty sloppy work, Ray. Pretty sloppy work.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Don't quit your day job, Cooper G.

I double-checked those US News and World Report rankings and saw that you made several key omissions: http://travel.usnews.com/Ranki...

Those rankings put Phoenix as the No. 15 top LUXURY getaway, for Pete's sake. Who'd have thunk it?

The rankings also put the Grand Canyon as the No. 5 best adventure destination.

Even better, the rankings of best family destinations put the Grand Canyon as No. 4 AND Phoenix as No. 14.

After seeing that, I didn't check on your other links because I figured you flubbed those, too.

-- Ray

Ross
Ross

Where did we rank last year?

Tourists still come here. Conventioneers won't, when the cycle of site selection omits Arizona from consideration for 2011 and 2012 meetings. (The bigger the convention, the longer the advance time. The Republicans picked their 2012 location a few months ago, and the Democrats will announce theirs next month.)

Bill
Bill

We have two different markets -- individual and family tourists who stay at the outlying resorts (which this article refers to) and corporate conventions which have more impact on the downtown convention center and midtown hotels. The boycott's impact is primarily with the corporate world so would not be reflected by this survey. Since most conventions are booked years in advance, the boycott's impact is mostly still ahead of us through reduced convention bookings in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Hey Goober. Post your url someplace else, like in Classifieds, where it belongs.

guest
guest

tommy, the robots don't care about you. they don't even know that you're posting to them. do you try to have a conversation with the atm machine?

treauth
treauth

This article seems a bit like spin, even though I can't really tell what the point was. In any case, it does seem relevant, if you are actually trying to do reporting here, to link to the survey results themselves: http://www.travelleaders.com/t....

There, you'll learn two interesting facts. First, that Phoenix/Scottsdale has actually moved down on the list from 8th in the previous year to tied for 10th this time. And second, that this "survey"is a press release from a travel agency that studied its own bookings, and is now touting its success, much as we would expect any business to do (with language like "The trends revealed in this year’s survey lead us to be quite bullish on travel in 2011"). I'm not clear on why we think the Travel Leaders agency is representative of the actual data, or why we think that travel agency bookings in general are representative overall tourism data. I assume it was just an excuse to put up an article with a provocative headline and a specious claim.

Childplease
Childplease

Wow! A much-ballyhooed boycott that doesn't produce results? I'm shocked... SHOCKED!

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