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According to Smith Travel Research, occupancy in San Diego hotels inched up to 68.7% this year through May, compared with 68.2% the same period a year ago. San Francisco, Orange County and Los Angeles all registered better increases. Jerry Morrison of Morrison & Co. notes that San Diego occupancy year-to-date is still 3.1% below the pre-recession level of the same period of 2007. The other three coastal California markets performed better than San Diego in comparison with 2007.

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MURPHYJUNK June 22, 2013 @ 8:27 a.m.

could it be the tourist industry in the area is pricing itself out of business?

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Don Bauder June 22, 2013 @ 12:11 p.m.

Murphyjunk: If it were prices alone, SF, LA and Orange County would not be thriving as they are. San Francisco is really an expensive market and it is going gangbusters. Best, Don Bauder

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laplayaheritage June 22, 2013 @ 9:09 a.m.

Http:/www.tinyurl.com/20130415a . https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_fHftxFXFhyZVdtV2Qyd3YyV2M/preview

The San Diego tourism industry has always lagged compared to other cities. See Page 16 of Smith Travel Research (STR) presentation at the San Diego Tourism Authority ( SDTA) Annual Dinner meeting on February 14, 2013. The STR metrics show that from 2008 to 2012 the time of the original TMD, the cities of Los Angeles and Seattle has higher positive Average Daily Rate ( ADR) changes for all 5 years.

Anaheim and San Francisco did better than San Diego for 4 out of the 5 years.

Our recommendation is for the City, through the State's contract with STR, to have STR analyze San Diego TMD performance against competitors, and make recommendations. At no cost to the City

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Don Bauder June 22, 2013 @ 12:14 p.m.

laplayaheritage: One factor hurting San Diego is the collapse of the Tijuana tourism market. It used to boost San Diego; people would stop for a layover before going down to Mexico. I did a column on the Tijuana plunge a couple of years ago, and how it hurts San Dieego. Some say Tijuana is recovering, but count me as a skeptic. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 June 22, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m.

With robber barons like Manchester fleecing the City and taxpayers to enrich himself at the expense of San Diego, it is no wonder Enron by the Sea Diego is not as well off since the last three republican-puppet mayors put us in the decline and fall mode.

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Don Bauder June 22, 2013 @ 12:19 p.m.

Anon92107: I blame the downtown overlords for many things, but I don't think they have hurt tourism, on balance. In fact, during the period in which all that subsidy money poured into downtown, some upscale hotels were built. One thing you could say is that while the money was hogged downtown, the infrastructure collapsed. The deficit is around $1 billion. That could hurt tourism, particularly since San Diego has not kept some of the government-owned tourism draws up to former standards. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 June 23, 2013 @ 11:34 a.m.

Don, this sounds like you are defending the Robber Barons since far too much of the "$1 billion" deficit went into their pockets instead of investing in San Diego.

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Don Bauder June 23, 2013 @ 11:53 a.m.

Anon92107: To the extent the hotels were subsidized by tax money, the robber barons were not helping tourism with their own capital. And the neglect of infrastructure -- a result of the money being hogged downtown by the robber barons -- has hurt tourism. I don't count the $300 million subsidy for Petco Park as related to tourism, because sports facilities do not increase tourism to any significant extent. I didn't mean to defend the robber barons; maybe I should have chosen my words more carefully. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 June 24, 2013 @ 2:53 a.m.

Thanks for the clarification Don, you said very well what needs to be said and heeded.

Manchester's U-T and TV empire is trying to control San Diego with a GOP propaganda machine designed to eliminate the two party system of American Democracy, dedicated to enriching and empowering oligarchs who already control the GOP.

San Diegans quality of life now depends on the READER to educate and motivate us to protect our own future from Manchester's propaganda machine.

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Don Bauder June 24, 2013 @ 5:59 a.m.

Anon92107: I agree that San Diegans should depend on the Reader for education on what is really going on. As to Manchester's newspaper, it certainly had a low batting average in recent elections. Like the general who fights the last war, the UT seems intent on battling demographic and political changes that are inexorable -- appealing only to a rapidly shrinking audience. Best, Don Bauder

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