North Carolina and Mississippi See Tourist Backlash After L.G.B.T. Laws
By Shivani Vora April 22nd, 2016
The reaction has been swift.
The singer Bryan Adams canceled his concert in Mississippi in protest against what he called an “anti-L.G.B.T.” law, and the actress Sharon Stone decided not to film a movie there. In North Carolina, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam and Ani DiFranco have canceled shows in response to a law regulating transgender bathroom access.
the celebrity response is drawing considerable attention, the travel industry in each state is more concerned about lower-profile visitors: the everyday tourists have already begun canceling trips or planning vacations elsewhere.
The damaging impact is already being felt in North Carolina, last month passed a law that limits transgender people to using bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates. Tourism is a crucial driver of the economy in the state, the sixth most-visited in the country, domestic travelers spent a record $21.3 billion in 2014, according to Visit North Carolina, the state’s tourist board.
Regardless of the locus of the political tensions, the cancellations are being reported statewide. Marriott International, with 134 properties across its portfolio of brands in North Carolina, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, with 20, are also seeing canceled reservations. […]
(Retrieved and adapted from http://www.nytimes.com.. Access on April, 22nd, 2016)
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