In recent years, San Diego has lost seven large conventions due to the Convention Center’s lack of space and amenities. Conventions are a boon the local economy, filling up San Diego’s hotels and benefitting small businesses from restaurants to shops and more. The economic impact of losing those conventions? An estimated $400 million.
To highlight the need to pass Measure C, which would modernize and expand the Convention Center, the San Diego Tourism Authority teamed up with high-profile organizations that host large-scale events there — such as Cisco Live, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Dermatology — with a full-page letter in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune.
San Diego might be the 8th largest city in the United States, but our Convention Center is only the 22nd largest — and slipping fast as cities like San Francisco, Anaheim and Los Angeles have recently expanded or plan to expand their centers.
That’s why it is critical that you join us in helping pass Measure C to ensure San Diego’s Convention Center continues to attract convention business that will boost the city’s economy and benefit the larger community. Passing the initiative won’t cost San Diego taxpayers anything. Instead, tourists will pay an additional hotel tax that will fund not only the Convention Center expansion but also homeless programs and street repairs.
Take a look at the ad below to see how important it is to expand our Convention Center so San Diego can continue to be a top destination for the most sought-after conventions.