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Mayor Filner Signs Tourism Marketing Agreement

The tourism industry is nearly to the next waypoint toward being in position to once again market San Diego as a great destination. We should all be cautiously optimistic that the Mayor will follow through and ensure funding flows so marketing can begin anew. It was nice to see the Council acknowledges that the tourism industry stepped up and retuned millions of dollars to the General Fund during the Great Recession to help San Diego balance its budget when the first five year TMD was established as a solution to funding marketing outside of the General Fund. For more tourism facts go here: www.sandiego.org/whytravelmatters

April 15, 2013 at 3:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayor Filner Signs Tourism Marketing Agreement

The tourism industry is nearly to the next waypoint toward being in position to once again market San Diego as a great destination. We should all be cautiously optimistic that the Mayor will follow through and ensure funding flows so marketing can begin anew. It was nice o see the Council acknowledge that the tourism industry stepped up and retuned millions of dollars to the General Fund during the Great Recession to help San Diego balance it's budget when the first five year TMD was established as a solution to funding marketing outside of the General Fund. For more tourism facts go here: www.sandiego.org/whytravelmatters

April 15, 2013 at 3:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Offers New Deal To TMD, TMD Rejects It

If you really want the facts about the impacts of tourism and Tourism Marketing District (TMD) funding, you can go here; http://www.sandiego.org/campaigns/why...

It seems to me that this issue gets confused between Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) vs. TMD. TOT is generated through a room tax; TMD is generated much like a Business Improvement District through an assessment district, in this case, on lodging properties who voted by majority to approve it, to support specifically, marketing San Diego to visitors. For every dollar of TMD revenue generated, more than three dollars of TOT revenue is generated. Translated this means that the more successful tourism marketing is in generating room nights, the more successful the city is in collecting revenues for the general fund 3:1. The beneficiaries, people who execute the work through grants from the TMD do not have rich pension funds. They are the private sector, typically in non-profit public benefit corporations and it is market competition that dictates how much executives and staff are paid.

This is not a Republican or Democratic issue; this is a San Diego issue. Do you want our 2nd largest traded economy to grow and prosper, benefitting all San Diegans or do you want the tourism industry to be handicapped and become non-competitive? If our tourism weakens as a result of funding delays, then government employees will receive less funding, city services will receive less funding, and support companies that serve the visitor industry will receive less revenue. This should not become a political football as it really impacts the quality of life for all of San Diego. Trying to confuse and define it as a wedge issue of fat cats vs. labor is totally missing the mark, tourism is good for all of San Diego and we need to get back to marketing our destination, period!

March 19, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )