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According to the latest data from Smith Travel Research, San Diego tourism remains poor, while San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Anaheim are all doing very well. Revenue per available room (a measure critical those in the industry) has crept up 0.7% in San Diego this year through February compared with the same period last year, while it is up 16.8% in San Francisco, 12.1% in Anaheim and 5.6% in Los Angeles. In the top 25 U.S. markets, it is up 7.7%. "More good news -- but not for San Diego," comments La Jolla hotel guru Jerry Morrison. Another example: average daily room rate in San Diego in February dropped from $129.05 to $124.42. It was up 16.1% in San Francisco and also up in Anaheim and Los Angeles. Year-to-date through February, San Diego's occupancy rate is only up 2.5% compared with the same period of last year.

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Burwell March 22, 2012 @ 8:25 p.m.

The City is overrun by drunks. Tourists go to Pacific Beach and see dozens of partygoers on their knees vomiting on the sidewalk. The beaches are filled with drunks and meth addicts. Tourists walking the boardwalk are barraged by marijuana smoke, panhandlers, and gangs. San Diego has become a freak show, not a tourist destination. Tourists no longer want to patronize hotels in Mission Valley because the valley is massively overbuilt and paved in concrete. Tourists are avoiding San Diego like the plague. On the weekends foreign TV bureaus in Los Angeles send crews to San Diego to record the fights and the drunken behavior in the beach areas, North Park, and the Gaslamp. San Diego is known throughout the world has a haven for drunks and meth addicts. The City is in terminal decay and headed toward entropic collapse. In order to save the city and the tourist industry, it is imperative that the bars in Pacific Beach and the Gaslamp be sharply curtained in number.

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Don Bauder March 22, 2012 @ 10:21 p.m.

There has to be some reason for this falloff of late. I would hope that the convention center expansion boosters have second thoughts about this boondoggle. The major reason that the convention center should not be expanded is that there is massive overbuilding of convention centers combined with a decline in convention goers. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh March 22, 2012 @ 9:05 p.m.

Sheesh Burwell, what do you really think? I'm inclined to agree in part. The "usual suspect" tourist attractions here are not being all that welcoming. The zoo and its Safari park will pick your pocket legally, while plenty of other spots try to charge as if they were in Dubai. But one thing that is becoming a turn-off is the decrepitude of the streets, attractions in Balboa Park aren't that compelling, and the beaches need to get a thorough scrubbing. One thing Burwell didn't mention is that SD was for long the jumping off point for trips to Baja and TJ particularly. If your main reason to come to SD was to take a day trip to Mexico, if you are sane, you won't want to do that, hence no San Diego visit.

In much the same way the cruise lines are abandoning the so-called Mexican Riviera due to real and feared crime, the same thing may be happening here. There are plenty of other overpriced spots along the California coast such as Santa Barbara, and the amusement parks in OC are much more compelling than Sea World or Legoland. Why head to this corner of the US?

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Don Bauder March 22, 2012 @ 10:25 p.m.

Good points. As I pointed out in a column perhaps two years ago, Tijuana tourism has plunged startlingly. One-day visitors to San Diego on their way to Tijuana has reflected this. A big problem is that Mayor Jerry Sanders let the infrastructure rot; few thought about its effect on tourism. But the downtown boosters still want their legacy projects such as the convention center expansion and Chargers subsidy and are willing to let the infrastructure and the neighborhoods continue to rot. Best, Don Bauder

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