Convention Center: Urologists On Board

In the realm of “one of these things is not like the others,” witness the list of organizations that recently signed on to Mayor Faulconer’s push for a hotel tax hike, aimed at expanding the convention center while supporting other civic needs.

The roster includes the San Diego Tourism Authority, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown San Diego Partnership and Comic-Con International, with the new addition of the San Diego Housing Commission.

There is also a quote from a highly specialized organization, not based here, that would not usually appear in a mayoral press release: the American Urological Association, which is bringing its convention to San Diego next month.

“We are expecting over 16,000 attendees and close to 50,000 total room nights filled over our five-day convention,” said Janet Skorepa, an executive vice president with the Maryland-based education and research organization. “While we currently have enough exhibit space in the building, we have completely outgrown the meeting space your facility has to offer.”

Skorepa added that the association would prefer to have all of its meetings and related events in one location, rather than holding some in nearby hotels. Local officials have frequently noted that medical industry conventions are by far among the largest and most lucrative for the city, with medical conventioneers spending more in the local market than participants in most other industry gatherings, including the vaunted Comic-Con.

— In San Diego this fall, it likely won’t be raining ballot issues and candidates when city voters head to the polls for an expected November special election...

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