Statement: The city of San Diego “Lost 1,000 conventions & events in last two years,” due to the lack of a San Diego Convention Center expansion, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer tweeted June 12.
Analysis: The future of the long-delayed waterfront expansion to the San Diego Convention Center almost brightened this week, but was ultimately delayed again when the San Diego City Council declined to set a special election for the mayor’s expansion plan.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer had been working to put a citywide hotel-tax increase before voters this November to pay for a convention center expansion supporters say is needed to meet demand and spur economic growth. The proposed tax hike would also pay for road repairs and homeless services.
Despite the City Council’s move to quash a special election, the same plan or a version of it could still go before voters in 2018. The fight to expand the Convention Center has been ongoing for years, so statements about the necessity and importance of an expansion are worth a closer look. Asking voters to greenlight a Convention Center expansion in 2017 is all but dead, but it’s a safe bet it will return, just as it did after previous attempts fell short.
An expansion to the center would surely allow more events to be held, and data exists showing some event planners find the current space too small to meet their needs, and that some events can’t be accommodated due to other event reservations. But just how many events have been lost to space and date constraints?
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Doesn't "time and space conflict" just mean the convention center was already booked? Even "675 to 680" makes absolutely no sense here unless you think the convention center really could have added hundreds of events over the past two years. That's like saying, "Because Scott Lewis lives in San Diego, he lost the opportunity to live in each of the 9999 (made-up number) other cities in the world due to time & space constraints."
The same slide shows up to 50 new events each year if expansion is completed as proposed, so shouldn't that be the ceiling of "lost" opportunities?
There's a big discrepancy between 1000 over 2 years and 50 per year. Maybe the tweet intended to say "100 over 2 years" and the extra 0 was inadvertent?
The impact of the convention center expansion is strongly related to the number of hotel rooms available. Saying that the city lost 2.75 million hotel nights is incredibly misleading. Did we have that many rooms vacant during the times the conventions would have been here? Aren't the convention center advocates double and triple counting hotel room use?
It would be impossible to build a convention center large enough to avoid date and space conflicts. People holding conventions don't consult with each other to see if there is a date conflict with their peers. They pick desirable dates and look to see if the places they might like to go have space (convention, hotel, and otherwise). They check the costs. They may adjust their dates based on cost and availability, if they have flexibility. If you build a convention center large enough to avoid most or all date and space conflicts, you will have a massive convention center that is mostly empty most of the time. It's not cost effective. But if you (i.e. the Tourism Authority) convince the taxpayers to cover the cost, being cost-effective is irrelevant to you. It's other people's money (ours).
I'm curious about the basis of the statistic that 27% of tourism revenue in SD comes from conventions [See big blue graphic]. I know many thousands of people visit San Diego for numerous other attractions than attending a convention.
Exactly what we expect from a San Diego mayor. Whether Republican or Democrat, from Faulconer to as far back as I can remember (Frank Curran 1963-71), San Diego has been led by liars and thieves. The latest crop; Faulconer, Gloria, Filner, and Sanders can be counted as some of the most corrupt in modern history.
Why do we continually elect ( or get stuck with in Gloria's case) mayors with a warped sense of the common good; who yearn only for higher office and the opportunity to sell out San Diegans for campaign contributions ?
What a shock! Convention Center expansion advocates misrepresenting bookings? Of course they do. Maybe you can quantify missed bookings, but pufferry and exaggeration will always be the default setting for proponents of legacy projects. The number $100,000,000 is always used to promote stadiums and Super Bowl economic benefits. It's an old game. The convention business has its ups and downs so making any kind of projection or estimate is difficult and should be taken with a grain of salt.
@Robert Cohen But 1.2 billion dollar convadium was a good idea?.............LOL.
The mayor is starting to look and act more and more like Trump. Tweeting, lies, bully use of power. Hopefully he doesn't end up like Trump will.- unemployed. He doesn't have millions in investments as does Trump to fall back on. He may even have to draw unemployment.
I still wish that somebody would do the figures for the first expansions. Millions were spent by the city because they needed a larger area. I wonder how many larger convention were brought in. Plus how much a year does the city pay in building cost plus interest every year.
@BRYAN HERRING closer airport? :-)