VIDEO: San Diego Convention Center CEO Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day

Nearly 800,000 people will attend a meeting or convention at the San Diego Convention Center this calendar year. Each of those attendees helps drive the economic engine in the City of San Diego and across our region.

  • $1.1 Billion estimated regional impact
  • $24.4 million in hotel and sales tax revenue
  • 769,282 estimated hotel room nights
  • 793,960 estimated attendees
  • $653.5 million in direct attendee spending

The City of San Diego benefits from each event, because the hotel and sales tax revenue that results form these conventions goes directly to the city's general fund. In 2017, that number will be an estimated $24.4 million. To put that into more context: for every $1 the city invested in fiscal year 2016, the return on investment was $1.43.

April 6, 2017 marks the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), an annual celebration designed to showcase the power of meetings, events, conventions, exhibitions, and other face-to-face gatherings.

The San Diego City Council issued a proclamation in honor of Global Meetings Industry Day, and the San Diego Convention Center's President and CEO Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe is sharing a message of the "ripple effect" these meetings brings to our community.

#GMID2017 partners include the Convention Industry Council, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meeting Professionals International, the Professional Convention Management Association, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, COCAL, the Society of Independent Show Organizers, the American Society of Association Executives, Association Forum, and Destination Marketing Association International.

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Posted by Barbara Moreno, on April 6, 2017
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