Arthur Frommer – founder of Frommer’s Travel Guides, has declared that he will boycott travel to Arizona because he’s worried about his personal safety.
The whole kerfuffle started after Frommer saw reports about how armed people (ordinary citizens) - carrying assault rifles and pistols, were gathered outside a hall in Phoenix where President Obama was gving a speech.
In a blog post on Frommers.com, Arthur Frommer says that “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.”
But it could get considerably worse for Arizona’s tourism industry, because Frommer ends his post by asking “should we all organize a travel boycott of Arizona until this tolerance of armed intimidation is ended, probably by an act of the Arizona legislature?”
Arizona’s tourism officials must be quaking in their boots at the thought of being stuck between Arthur Frommer and the NRA. AZCentral reports that Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Steve Moore, head of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, have already spoken with Frommer and invited him to visit Phoenix to prove that Phoenix is one of the safest cities in America.
This isn’t over yet, though. If it hits the national dailies, Arizona is going to need to do some major damage control.