This special report explores the state of the region's hospitality sector, and the issues, challenges and trends facing industry leaders.

  • Annual art event boon for Little Italy businesses

    Despite a slowing economy that has a lot of shoppers curbing their spending, and a ruptured water main that gave Little Italy an unwelcome Venetian feel, organizers of this year's Art Walk said the event went well, continuing to bring visitors to the downtown neighborhood and attention to the local art scene.

  • Making vacation dollars travel further

    Falling home prices, dwindling equity, stock market uncertainty and gasoline speeding past $4 a gallon. Who doesn't need a vacation! But how to afford one?

  • Despite some slowdown, San Diego tourism to get boost from summer events

    More than 90 percent of national domestic travel is undertaken on the road, according to 2005 Travel Industry Association (TIA) statistics, and with the increasing price of gas, the tourism industry across the nation is expected to be hit hard by the recent economic downturn.

  • Tourism: A local and national treasure

    This week, the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (ConVis) joins its counterparts across the nation in observance of National Tourism Week. This annual nationwide event gives the visitor industry an opportunity to trumpet the significant economic benefits generated by tourism locally, nationally and globally.

  • Local bowl games generate $41.5 million for region

    San Diego’s two post-season college football games combined to produce an economic impact of $41.5 million for the San Diego region in 2007, according to a study conducted by the San Diego State University Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research. The games are organized by the San Diego Bowl Game Association.

  • San Diego North ConVis remains mostly optimistic on regional tourism

    The San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau released a cautiously optimistic plan for the year ahead at its annual meeting Wednesday, saying that despite a slowing economy, the region is still attracting more visitors.

  • Economic slowdown hits San Diego restaurants

    The recent economic downturn is hitting the restaurant industry nationwide, with restaurant chains around the country, including McDonald’s and Chili’s, experiencing a recent decrease in sales. And though restaurants in downtown San Diego may often look packed, the city’s restaurants are also feeling the effect.

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  • Charting Comic-Con's Hulk-like growth

    For one weekend every summer, San Diego becomes the pop culture center of the world when Comic-Con comes to town and brings with it hundreds of thousands of entertainment fans and industry insiders alike. And the event's organizers say they would very much like to keep that tradition going. But Comic-Con is growing every year, and space in San Diego is not.

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Spotlight Hospitality - 2007

This special report focuses on the state of the hospitality industry in the region, and issues and challenges facing hotel developers in San Diego.