San Diego tourism leaders and hoteliers fear they could lose a sizable chunk of business this summer from valued “Zonies” who are so angered by elected leaders’ recent censure of Arizona for its illegal-immigration law that they’re mounting an informal boycott of their own.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and several hotels report receiving e-mails and letters from Arizona visitors saying they intend to change their plans to travel here in light of local outcry over their home state’s anti-illegal-immigration stance.
Really? People might get offended when you call them a bunch of immoral, racist hicks? Who'd'a thunk?
Although the summer months typically are an economic bonanza for the San Diego visitor industry, the recession and continued high unemployment have eaten away at lodging revenue as hotels have steeply discounted rates to fill their rooms. The Convention & Visitors Bureau spent $9 million last year promoting the region for the spring and summer months and is dedicating $7 million toward that effort this year.
“I’ve been approached by a number of hotels who are very concerned because they’ve received cancellations from Arizona guests,” said Namara Mercer, executive director of the county Hotel-Motel Association. “It’s a huge piece of business for not just the hotels but for all of San Diego. Everybody’s excited because they think occupancies will be stronger this summer, and now this.”
I hope it hurts, San Diego. I really do. Especially when people this stupid get elected:
School board President Shelia Jackson said that while she was disappointed to hear of people opting to stay away from San Diego, she doesn’t regret her vote.
“It’s sad that people would cancel their plans to come here in reaction to that, but I still think we did the right thing,” Jackson said. “Certainly, we know how important tourism is to San Diego, and it wasn’t my intent to impact the tourism trade.”
So, she wants to attack them and call them names, but still wants them to come spend money in San Diego? Really?
A couple years ago California passed Proposition 8, which states that California will recognize only heterosexual marriage (domestic partnership laws were not affected). Perhaps the liberal elite in other states should boycott the backwards, fundamentalist hick state of California? What do you think of that, San Francisco and Los Angeles? Both of those cities have gone further than San Diego in attacking Arizona.
Cities should manage their own affairs. But with "nuclear free zones" and "sanctuary cities" and prohibiting official travel to other cities/states, we see examples of people using the official power of government to further their own liberal ideals. And it has to stop.
I hope it hurts, San Diego--because that seems to be the only thing that liberals understand.