October 30th, 2016

Thinking Beyond Election Day

Hotel Tax Increase Will Remain Topic of Discussion Post November 8

With election day a little more than a week away, the consensus among local pundits is that neither stadium related ballot measures C or D will gain anywhere near the 66.7 percent required for passage.

Less certain is the possibility that one of the two initiatives might


July 25th, 2014

Community Engagement Key For DMOs

Tourism Marketing Association Study Stresses Need for Greater Interaction With Civic And Non-Industry Stakeholders.

Visitor industry leaders gathered earlier this week in Las Vegas for Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) annual convention, marking the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Formerly known as the International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, DMAI is the global trade organization representing the interests of destination marketing


May 4th, 2014

Visitor Industry Celebrates Travel & Tourism Week, May 3-11, 2014

Tourism Provides Powerful Boost To Local and National Economies.

This week marks the annual salute to travel and tourism in America, highlighting the many benefits the industry brings to the nation’s economy and quality of life. The travel and tourism sector is America’s biggest services export industry and one of the country’s largest employers.



March 29th, 2014

OPINION – What a Difference a Year Makes

After a Difficult 2013, San Diego’s Visitor Industry Moves Forward.

Last year’s annual meeting of the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) was anything but a cause for celebration, coming in the midst of a senseless and undeserved declaration of war on the organization and San Diego’s lodging sector by the city’s then mayor Bob Filner.


October 13th, 2013

NEWS – A Good Week For Downtown

Coastal Commission Approves Convention Center Expansion, Symphony Hall Renamed, And The Urban Core Gets A New Vision

There was good news for downtown, and therefore greater San Diego, on several fronts this week, including a needed boost for the region’s tourism industry, as well as the arts and education sectors.

Following many years of delay,