Maybe the gun-toting teabaggers excited Michael Steele and his fellow Republicans, but the travel wizard was not impressed and is canceling any future plans for going to McCain's home state. [snip] What he says carries a lot of weight, and you can bet Arizona officials are freaked out by his opinion on this matter.How bad would a travel boycott be? Let's take a look at some fun facts (.pdf), shall we?
I am not yet certain whether I would advocate a travel boycott by others of the state of Arizona; I want to learn more about Arizona's gun laws and how they compare with those of other states. But I am shocked beyond measure by reports that earlier this week, nearly a dozen persons, including one with an assault rifle strapped about his shoulders and others with pistols in their hands or holsters, were openly congregating outside a hall at which President Obama was speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
For myself, without yet suggesting that others follow me in an open boycott, I will not personally travel in a state where civilians carry loaded weapons onto the sidewalks and as a means of political protest. I not only believe such practices are a threat to the future of our democracy, but I am firmly convinced that they would also endanger my own personal safety there. And therefore I will cancel any plans to vacation or otherwise visit in Arizona until I learn more. And I will begin thinking about whether tourists should safeguard themselves by avoiding stays in Arizona.[snip]
Wow. Frommer is actually thinking of a full scale travel boycott of Arizona.
*Total direct travel spending in Arizona in 2008 was $18.5 billion.Now, I'm not sure just how much of a ding Frommer could put in those figures, but based on the fact that travel guides are pretty much divided between Frommer's, Fodor's and trace amounts of Those Other Guys, I'd say it'd be substantial enough to make a lot of people in Arizona very, very unhappy.
*In 2008, direct travel spending was associated with $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenues and $1.2 billion in federal tax revenues. This is equivalent to $1,080 per Arizona household. The travel industry share of all state and local tax revenues is more than 7 percent.
*Travel spending in Arizona generated a total (direct and secondary) impact of 310,000 jobs with earnings of $10.2 billion in 2008. Most of the secondary impacts were in professional and business services.
So, AZ, how's about getting those gun nuts under control, eh? It's either this:
Economically, I'd say the choice should be easy...