Tourism leaders in San Diego support hotel tax increase of up to 3%

Published on : Friday, May 19, 2017

indexOn Thursday, tourism and lodging leaders said that they strongly support an increase of up to 3 percent in the transient occupancy tax for renovating and expanding the San Diego Convention Center.


To quote Joe Eustice, board president of the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association, “The tax increase will also provide money for street repair and programs for helping the homeless. It’s rare for any business to support a tax hike on its operations, but our convention center is losing conventions and turning away others because it is outdated and inadequately sized to accommodate them.”


Mike McDowell, CEO of the San Diego Lodging Industry Association, said the hotel tax generated more than $200 million for the city in 2016 and could bring in much more. He said, “We can significantly increase this revenue stream if we modernize and expand the San Diego Convention Center, and we are willing to tax ourselves to get this done.”


The intended modernization and expansion plan would attract 50 more events and 380,000 new overnight lodging guests each year.


To quote Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, “A hike in the visitor tax of up to three percent for lodging facilities will keep San Diego competitive with the other markets like Orlando and Las Vegas and help boost tourism.”


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