Q: Okay. If you want to start, you can make us the case, once again, why the Convention Center expansion is so essential to the future of San Diego or is it?TERZI: That’s a… it’s a leading question, but… yeah, I can tell you that we’ve been making the case over a lot of years, and the case probably is never stronger than it is today. When you look at the Convention Center and the capacity of the Convention Center and the demand for the Convention Center and the economic value of conventions they… they’re all increasing in spite of what some people might say in the industry that conventions are dying, convention centers are sitting there empty. That’s not the case for the top half a dozen convention centers around the country of which San Diego is, in… in my mind from a size and a scope standpoint, probably the number one sought after convention facility in the country. Now, there are many other cities that have larger facilities, … [Read more...] about Q&A: A Conversation with San Diego tourism officials
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0 Have your say The chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire is facing pressure to resign amid claims that the county’s tourism organisation ‘lacks transparency’ following the departure of chief executive Gary Verity. A leading Yorkshire tourism figure has called for Ron McMillan to leave the agency immediately after it was revealed how Sir Gary quit following an internal investigation over his behaviour towards staff and over his expenses payments. Susan Briggs, director of The Tourism Network, an organisation which advises hundreds of small businesses and tourism bodies in Yorkshire, wrote in her blog: “I think the chair of the WTY board Ron McMillan should resign immediately.“He has had a lifetime of experience in financial management so it’s just too ironic if he didn’t see what was happening under his nose. In the WTY statement, he said ‘business as usual’.“That just can’t be - it’s far too … [Read more...] about Call for Welcome to Yorkshire chairman to quit over shock resignation of high profile chief executive Sir Gary Verity
Running with Beto, the documentary about his 2018 Senate campaign.But before we could watch him take the stage, we had a movie to watch.SEE ALSO: The bumpiest social media moments of the 2020 campaign so farRunning with Beto, directed by David Modigliani, takes a behind-the-scenes look at O'Rourke's campaign in the 12 months leading up to Election Day. Zipping back and forth across Texas, it chronicles his quest to visit all 254 counties, his unorthodox-for-government social media strategy, and his meteoric rise from little-known congressman to national obsession. Naturally, O'Rourke is the star at the center of this movie, and he comes across well enough. Maybe a little too well: Even a handful of less flattering moments (like one in which O'Rourke snipes at deputy campaign manager Cynthia Cano about how crowded his schedule has become) can't stop Running with Beto from feeling, at times, like a feature-length campaign promo.More interesting are scenes of the people in his orbit, … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke gets a hero’s welcome at SXSW
By Sal Pizarro | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 23, 2019 at 11:50 am | UPDATED: January 24, 2019 at 4:13 am Television shows are so good right now, they’re even getting a spot at Silicon Valley’s film festival. “The Unexpected” is the theme of this year’s Cinequest Film and Creativity — running in San Jose and Redwood City March 5-17. But I’m not sure anyone expected the lineup to include programming originally planned for home screens. Now, before anyone starts lighting their celluloid torches, the shows are very much in line with Cinequest’s “maverick” ethos. It includes six feature-length international productions as well as two shorts programs of TV comedy and pilot drama. We’re not talking about your standard network fare here. “TV certainly got better the past few years, hasn’t it?” Cinequest co-founder and CEO Halfdan Hussey said. “Television … [Read more...] about TV shows at a film festival? Welcome to Cinequest 2019
Visitor numbers to the UK fell 5.3 per cent in 2018, according to the UNWTO. Not a disaster, you might think. But then consider the fact that every single other major travel destination in the world witnessed an increase in international arrivals, and the statistic starts to look slightly troubling. Even America, which was said to have suffered from a so-called “Trump slump”, saw a modest increase in visitors. And while we may rejoice that fewer people are clogging up the streets of London, Edinburgh and Oxford, the drop in numbers meant a 2.3 per cent fall in spending, representing a loss of more than £560 million to the economy. In a year when the UK celebrated a Royal wedding (historically, a sure-fire way of attracting tourists), the blip is even more unexpected. Indeed, earlier in the year, VisitBritain had predicted that 2018 would be another bumper year for the UK. The national tourist board anticipated that visitors would spend £27 billion and … [Read more...] about Is Brexit really to blame for a fall in visitor numbers to the UK?