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The San Diego hotel business had a booming May compared with a year ago, according to Smith Travel Research.

The occupancy rate in May rose 1.9 percent to 76.3 percent — topping growth of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

The occupancy rate for the year to date through May was up 4.5 percent to 76.2 percent — also topping the three other major metro California areas.

"San Diego had a very good May with both occupancy and average daily room rate up," says Jerry Morrison, Encinitas-based lodging-industry consultant. The average daily room rate for the year to date, compared with the same period of 2014, rose 6.6 percent to $144.49.

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AlexClarke July 2, 2015 @ 9:32 a.m.

The hotel business is booming, the occupancy rates are high, the profits are up but yet the hotel industry is still subsidized by the taxpayer in the form of welfare for their low wage/no benefit workers. Any company that pays so little and provides no/low benefits to their workers should have all employee related deductions denied. If a business relies on low wage no/low benefit workers to make a profit then that business should go out of business.


Don Bauder July 2, 2015 @ 9:48 a.m.

AlexClarke: Yes, taxpayers have to ante up for the welfare payments, such as food stamps, that go to the low-paid hotel workers. It's true with low-paid Wal-Mart workers, too.

This is only one way hotels are subsidized by taxpayers. There are worse ways. Hotel developers often get direct subsidies -- say, 15 percent of the construction cost -- for building in a location that the local government desires, such as close to a convention center. Best, Don Bauder


swell July 2, 2015 @ 10:09 a.m.

Some of us avoid doing business with companies that abuse their workers. Certain restaurants, hotels and retailers are clearly guilty when you see the workers faces, body language and behavior.

Those foot dragging, stoop shoulder employees might just put something in your food to get back at their company. They may steal or otherwise sabotage their employer. It's a false economy to cheat the people who serve your customers.

Costco and Home Depot are pretty good to their employees and you can tell by their attitude. It's refreshing.


Visduh July 2, 2015 @ 10:42 a.m.

Costco, yes. Home Depot? I'm not so sure. In recent years there have been claims that they have slipped into abuse of the employees, keeping many of them in part-time status, and avoiding paying overtime when due. So far Home Depot has not had the huge employee lawsuits and subsequent massive settlements that plagued Walmart a few years ago, and that's to their credit.


Don Bauder July 2, 2015 @ 3:01 p.m.

Visduh: Costco not only treats its employees very well, but also does not pay its top executives insane compensation. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 2, 2015 @ 2:58 p.m.

swell: Theft by employees is a big problem for retailers. Best, Don Bauder


rehftmann July 2, 2015 @ 12:18 p.m.

Using wages, especially minimum wage, as an exclusive metric for worker compensation makes an easy target for owners who cheap out on labor. They can shoot down a one dimensional stat with a bunch of other data points. Working conditions, career paths, scheduling, job security, a voice in continuous improvement of their duties and, as long as we're listing things, medical insurance, retirement, and paid leave have more to do with retention and job satisfaction than the first pay check. Ever since the days of tent cities around the Hotel Del, San Diego has been a cheap vacation, so we're locked in a position of being the destination for people who can't stand spending another summer day at home but can't spend much or go far. And once again, the room rate may seem high but they're basically getting a glitzy tourist class hotel in an overcrowded urbanized beach city, a couple hour drive from their very similar home, minimizing challenges of both distance and cultural dislocation. So they drive in, buy a hamburger and a t-shirt, get a sunburn and drive home, maybe a day or two later. Some vacation. Some tourist destination. That wall of big hotels along our waterfront has damaged San Diego in so many ways.


Don Bauder July 2, 2015 @ 3:07 p.m.

rehftmann: Our $2 billion infrastructure deficit, which is probably double that, is not good for tourism. The shabby condition of the convention center definitely hurts tourism. But San Diego leaders want to continue to ignore this deficit so the city or city/county taxpayers can subsidize the Chargers, owned by a billionaire family.

Tourists don't come to San Diego to watch sports events, with the exception of tourists from Los Angeles. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK July 3, 2015 @ 7:55 a.m.

on a related note ( out of state tourists) the rumor mill says comic con online ticket sales favor out of state buyers over locals to increase the number of customers that will be renting rooms, dining out, ect.


Don Bauder July 3, 2015 @ 8:43 a.m.

Murphyjunk: That would not surprise me. The hoteliers are extremely powerful in San Diego. Ditto the restaurateurs, drinking spas, etc. The out-of-town Comic-Con customers boost the San Diego economy. The locals do not. Best, Don Bauder


shirleyberan July 2, 2015 @ 2:10 p.m.

While hoteliers make money our infrastructure deficit is over a billion dollars.


Don Bauder July 2, 2015 @ 3:08 p.m.

shirleyberan: The infrastructure deficit may be four times a billion dollars. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh July 2, 2015 @ 5:25 p.m.

Recently, the Light News had a piece that discussed the infrastructure matter, and brought up the matter of a tax increase to finance the work needing to be done. After Kenny and his cohort came up with this staduim plan that "would not require a tax increase", that is galling. The city, it suggests, can afford to build and subsidize a new and unnecessary stadium without raising taxes, but needs a tax increase to make headway on fixing the water lines, sewers, streets, parks and beaches. To me, if the city put the infrastructure ahead of a stadium, it could start to make progress on the repairs without a tax increase, but would need one to build a foolish stadium. Put it in that order, and the answers are obvious. But in SD, nothing is ever obvious to the voter or sports fan. It's all in the priorities.


Don Bauder July 2, 2015 @ 9:29 p.m.

Visduh: Righto. Typical deception by the corporate welfare pushers. We won't raise your taxes for a stadium but we will raise them for infrastructure, which an honest government considers a routine duty of running a municipality.

When governments decided to build stadiums for fat cats, the whole purpose of municipal government was tipped upside down. Best, Don Bauder


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