POLITICS
08/03/2010 03:41 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Arizona Immigration Law Killing Tourism, Costing State Millions

AP/Huffington Post - Strong feelings about tough immigration laws are costing Arizona millions according to resort and hotel operators.

Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association chief executive Debbie Johnson says the state has lost about 40 conventions and $15 million so far. And she says that's "a lowball guess."

Johnson says if there's one bright spot, hotel bookings are up from last year.

Convention organizers say it will take a lot of work to rebuild the state's tattered image over immigration.

The Hotel and Lodging Association says tourism pumps $2.4 billion into Arizona's economy each year through state, local and federal tax revenues.

Here's a slideshow chronicling key developments in the ongoing saga related to Arizona's new immigration law:

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Arizona Immigration Law Sends Shockwaves Across The Country
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Arizona Immigration Law Sends Shockwaves Across The Country