For over 40 years, millions of comic book and pop culture fans have streamed into San Diego for Comic-Con, a massive convention that has been an economic boon to the local community since its inception. In 2014 alone, Comic-Con generated almost $200 million in revenue for San Diego’s economy. That good fortune could be at risk, however, due to the city’s failure to follow through on plans to expand the popular San Diego Convention Center. If you plan on visiting San Diego this year and stay at a San Diego Convention Center hotel like the Pacific Inn, this may be one of the few summers left to enjoy Comic-Con at its original venue.
Other cities were quick in their efforts to capitalize on the stalled expansion of the convention center. Many have made Comic-Con International lucrative offers in an attempt to secure a hosting agreement for the convention. While Comic-Con organizers have stated that they wish to keep the convention in Southern California, they have not ruled out contenders from Anaheim and Los Angeles if San Diego is unable to provide additional space for convention vendors and guests.
In order to retain Comic-Con and stop the move to Los Angeles, a city that is already known forattractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios, San Diego needs to find a way to provide more exhibition space for vendors. The loss of Comic-Con would certainly hurt the city from an economic standpoint, but the event also has sentimental value for residents. Even the community leaders appreciate the popular event. In the past, San Diego’s mayor and city manager have zip-lined into opening ceremonies and even rechristened San Diego in honor of famous comic book locales like Gotham City. These are the kinds of gestures that resonate with comic book fans and why it would be a devastating loss for the city if the organizers relocate the convention.
Still, it is an economic issue at heart and one that San Diego should not take lightly. A Comic-Con exodus could cost San Diego’s local merchants more than $1 billion dollars in revenue over the next ten years. Fortunately for tourists, the organizers of Comic-Con International have promised the city that the convention will take place in San Diego through 2018. Be sure to take advantage of this deadline and book a room at the Pacific Inn & Suites this summer. Our convenient location allows guests to take a quick trolley ride to the Convention Center without the hassle of finding a parking spot. The Pacific Inn also provides guests with comfortable and affordable rooms so they can relax after a long day at Comic-Con. Click here to book online or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.