Best of 2016: Top Stories on Connect Blog

The Connect Blog is your go-to resource for up-to-date information and news about the travel and tourism industry in San Diego, and the activity of the San Diego Tourism Authority and its members and partners. We’ve curated the “Best of 2016” – a list of the top viewed articles from 2016 below. Enjoy!

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Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogSDTA LAUNCHES 2016 ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

Coming off a record year for visitation, the SDTA prepared for another strong year as it launched the annual spring-summer 2016 advertising campaign in the U.S., Canada, and United Kingdom. The $10 million initiative featured television, print, digital, and billboard advertising.

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogA THANK YOU MESSAGE TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Thank you for keeping us safe. More than 4 million visitors enjoyed our beaches, attractions, and major events. Thank you for your hard work, tireless dedication, and support in keeping our community safe.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogJARROD FINLEY RECOGNIZED AS A “40 UNDER 40” INDUSTRY LEADER

Jarrod Finley, vice president of sales at San Diego Tourism Authority, was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Association magazine’s “40 Under 40” feature in the spring 2016 issue.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogSPRINGHILL SUITES AND RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT OPEN AT LANE FIELD

The Port of San Diego’s 17th waterfront hotel is two dynamic hotel brands under one roof. Adding to its expanding portfolio, the SpringHill Suites marks the 3,000th Select Service property for the Marriott Global Portfolio.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogAIR CANADA ROUGE BEGINS DAILY NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM VANCOUVER

Air Canada announced that the seasonal Air Canada Rouge Vancouver-San Diego flight has been doing really well and that after a short drop off of service beginning in late October, they will return this daily flight to now be year-round.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogROOFTOP MEETING VENUES FOR EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO

After a busy and productive day of meetings in San Diego, attendees need to relax, unwind, and network with potential clients. San Diego offers many creative after-hours clubs, bars and lounges, but its sky-high venues are where events become extraordinary.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogVIDEO RECAP OF SDTA 2016 ANNUAL MEETING

Tourism contributes to the success of San Diego in many ways. Attendees enjoyed a lineup of guest speakers and saw how efforts to promote tourism in San Diego help build the economy, provide better infrastructure and support the community.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogEXCLUSIVE PRESIDENTIAL HOTEL SUITES IN SAN DIEGO

When booking an event in San Diego, meeting planners have plenty of amazing options — from 5-star bay-front resorts, to charming B&B’s and golf-course villas. When it’s time to elevate the attendee experience, nothing compares to a highly desirable presidential hotel suite.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogSDTA AND HMA STATEMENT ON STADIUM BALLOT INITIATIVES

The San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) and the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association (HMA) agree that both ballot measures present a substantial threat to San Diego’s tourism industry, which is the region’s second largest traded economy.

 

Best of 2016 San Diego Tourism Authority Connect BlogBEST OF THE WORLD: SAN DIEGO/TIJUANA SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER MAGAZINE

National Geographic Traveler magazine selected San Diego/Tijuana as one of 20 “Best of the World” destinations. The December 2015/January 2016 issue and the award-winning website included the fifth annual list of recipients.

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