How powerful are the hoteliers



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They brought down a mayor as quickly as they installed him. It's a "mob" mentality. Follow the $$$$. he who has it, rules.

es more than 2 years ago

San Diego tourism industry

The tourism marketing industry is corporate welfare at its plainest. The city adds a surcharge to its regular TOT taxes illegally by letting only hotel owners vote on the action, instead of all voters. That would have provided a billion dollars in new tax money to fund the Tourism Marketing District, which is run by the hotel owners on its board. The TMD would spend millions of dollars a year marketing San Diego as a tourist destination, measuring its success in projected head in hotel beds. In other words, the TMD is spending millions of dollars in city tax money directly subsidizing the hotel owners, who otherwise would have to spend money advertising their individual hotels out of their profits. The hotel owners use a small portion of their profits to bankroll the political campaign of local politicians, who in turn keep the TMD money stream flowing and appoint hotel friendly Port District Commissioners, who will go out of their way to cater to the existing hotel owners around San Diego Bay. The money goes around and around, with the politicians and the hotel owners scratching each other's back with tax money that could otherwise been used to backfill the city's infrastructure maintenance deficit and other city expenses,

Don Wood more than 2 years ago

Thanks for presenting one side of the tourism story

In the interest of presenting the who,e story so readers can make a fully informed decision please consider the following information.

Tourism Creates Jobs

The tourism industry supports 160,000 jobs in San Diego than can’t be outsourced. (Source: San Diego Economic Development Corp.)

More than half of all tourism employees (53%) earn a middle class salary or higher. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)

For every 1,000 visitors to San Diego, 3.75 jobs are required. (Source: CIC Research, Inc., An Economic Impact & Fiscal Revenue Analysis of San Diego Visitors, 2011)

For every tourism job, 1.5 additional jobs are created in local services. (Source: CIC Research, Inc., An Economic Impact & Fiscal Revenue Analysis of San Diego Visitors, 2011)

The tourism sector represents 13% of San Diego’s total job market. (Source: San Diego Economic Development Corp.)

Tourism represents one of every 8 jobs in San Diego County. (Source: San Diego Economic Development Corp.)

Due to the nation’s recent economic downturn and slow recovery, travel jobs are now being recognized as a path to future prosperity. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)

Tourism supports educational opportunity – one third of those who work part-time while going to school work in a travel industry job. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)

Travel provides greater job opportunities for young adults and for workers with a high school degree or less than non-travel sectors. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)

Low-Paying Tourism Jobs are a Misconception

There is a common misconception that the tourism industry only provides low paying jobs – not true. Travel industry jobs provide a ladder of opportunity, a strong income, and for many, is a path to the American Dream.

For those workers who begin their careers in the travel industry, the maximum salary rises to $81,900 – significantly higher than the $78,000 for non-travel and tourism workers. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)

Four million travel industry workers earn a middle class income or higher – that’s more than half of the total travel workforce. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)

Directly tipped employees in San Diego restaurants receive an effective hourly wage that is at least triple ($28.75) the state minimum wage, while indirectly tipped employees receive an effective hourly wage that is at least double ($16.66) the state minimum wage. (Source: National University System Institute for Policy Research)

For workers who have a high school degree or less, the maximum salary achieved for travel and tourism workers is $69,500 compared to only $66,100 for non-travel and tourism employees. (Source: U.S. Travel Assn

Craiginsandiego more than 2 years ago