Do Travel Boycotts Work The Way You Think

By: Jordan Butcher

Do you think travel boycotts are good? Do they hurt or help the economy? Do they get your point across?

The most recent case of a travel boycott has been in North Carolina when they passed their anti-LGBT law. Because of the recently passed anti-LGBT laws, NCAA’s March Madness pulled seven championship tournament games originally hosted in North Carolina and moved them to alternate venues.

The NCAA’s decision to pull the seven games made headlines everywhere. Famous people and companies from all over the US followed suit. A list of examples follows:

  • Wicked composer, Stephen Schwarts, said none of his productions were to be put on in the state.
  • Cirque du Soleil cancelled all shows in Greensboro, Charlotte, and Raleigh stating, “Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form.”
  • Paypal cancelled plans to open a new facility in the state that would have created 400 new jobs.
  • Bruce Springsteen was the first musician to cancel a show in protest of the laws. Followed by, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas.

With companies and figures as prominent and highly regarded as these, the common public tends to follow suit as well.

North Carolina is not the only place that travelers have been boycotting. States such as Colorado (featured photo), Mississippi, and Arizona, and countries like China, South Africa, and Burma have been or are still being boycotted to this day.

What people don’t understand about travel boycotting is: you aren’t hurting the state or country, you are hurting the “little guys”.

You may be getting your point across, but the small businesses in the area are the ones counting on the revenues that tourism brings. A decision made by a state or country may not be what the people of that state or country believe as a whole.

Here’s a grand idea: why don’t you visit an organization that helps with the certain issue that you’re choosing to boycott for. Donate some of the money that you would spend traveling and see if you can help that organization in their cause!

Let’s learn to love others instead of boycotting!



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