MLB relocating All-Star game will cost Georgia $100M, tourism official says
The "estimated lost economic impact" of Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia over the state's voting restrictions is more than $100 million, a tourism industry official told CNN Saturday.
What they're saying: Cobb Travel and Tourism chief Holly Quinlan told a news conference Friday that the game "would have been a big boost to Cobb businesses and help with recovery efforts after the COVID-19 pandemic."
- She noted to CNN in a statement Saturday that many Cobb County hotels "saw single digit occupancy numbers" early on in the pandemic.
- "The 8,000-plus contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Game relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb's hospitality industry and other local businesses, further delaying recovery," Quinlan added.
The big picture: Several organizations have publicly criticized Georgia's new law curbing voting access for disproportionately affecting people of color. But the MLB went further Friday by pulling the All-Star Game, which was scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park.