ST. LOUIS (KTRS) The NAACP’s travel advisory is taking its toll on the St. Louis tourism industry. That’s according to Explore St. Louis, which issued a statement that said it has been notified by a number of area hotels that they have lost meeting groups that had been in contract talks. The statement also says they’ve been working with several groups that have already booked meetings and conferences to address any concerns they’ve heard from their attendees.
The head of the Missouri NAACP, Rod Chapel, reiterated his support for the travel advisory because of the bill that makes it more difficult for employees to sue over workplace discrimination. “We’re not happy about having to issue the travel advisory,” Chapel said. “Nobody wants to be from a state that has revived Jim Crow laws.”
Chapel says the Missouri travel advisory will remain in effect until further notice but he has no timeline for when it might be lifted.
Meanwhile, State Rep. Alan Green (D-Florissant) said his intern, who’s from Atlanta and attends the University of Missouri, has heard from out-of-state students who attend Mizzou and question if this is a state they want to enter.