A national research association decided to move its 2013 annual convention out of Atlanta because it feared that international visitors and U.S. citizens of color among the 14,000-plus attendees might feel unwelcome due to Georgia's new immigration enforcement law HB87.
The arrangements to locate its annual meeting in Atlanta were made prior to the passage of HB 87, and the association has paid cancellation costs to the hotels at a substantial cost. It decided to move the conference to San Francisco.
Another loss for the city of Atlanta and state of Georgia from its bad piece of legislation HB87. The unintended consequences continue to pound a state that has not yet recovered from the recession. Bye bye tax revenues and spending of another 14,000 tourists.
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