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Tourism marketing dollars may have been stalled within San Diego over bickering between Mayor Bob Filner and a group of wealthy hoteliers that controls the city’s Tourism Marketing District, but neighboring National City is out with a new campaign funded by the local chamber of commerce inviting visitors to “experience the second-oldest city in San Diego County under the sun,” touting a “full calendar of events and activities for visitors” during the summer months, according to a recent release.

“Visitors from all over the world come to San Diego during the summer, but not everyone knows about fun, free activities and events that we have happening in National City,” says National City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Jacqueline L. Reynoso. “National City hosts several annual events as well as ongoing activities that will delight visitors and give them a taste of the culture of the South Bay.”

San Diego’s southern neighbor touts its section of the 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway (still under construction at some points), free museums including the Santa Fe Rail Depot, billed as “the only original transcontinental railroad terminus still standing,” and the 22nd annual Automobile Heritage Day car show in August, featuring a collection of classic Corvettes. The city is also promoting weekly free outdoor movie screenings, which kick off with pre-show festivities for “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” at 7 p.m. on June 14 in Las Palmas Park.

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