A day after Indiana's governor signed a hot-button business law, calls for travel boycotts began. The chief of tech giant Salesforce.com said the San Francisco company will stop sending staff to meetings in Indianapolis with its locally based ExactTarget division. And Gen Con, a gamer convention, and the Disciples of Christ church group were considering pulling their conventions out of Indianapolis.
The measure could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom."
As businesses worried about the impact on next's week's Final Four tournament in Indianapolis, the Indiana and Indianapolis area chambers of commerce quickly decried passage of the law. Most businesses surveyed said they had no desire to discriminate against any of their customers, calls from the Chicago Tribune found.
What would travelers miss?
Indianapolis: Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Bloomington: Indiana University
South Bend: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Evansville: USS LST Ship Memorial
Columbus: Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
Terre Haute: Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Richmond: Model T Ford Museum
Madison: Lanier Mansion
According to Rockport Analytics, 26 million visitors provide $4.4 billion in total economic impact annually and generate 75,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Central Indiana, where Indianapolis, the state capital, is located.