Hoteliers Get Even More Ambitious with Room Charge - in San Diego!!!

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    If major San Diego hoteliers get their way, it won't be as cheap to visit the city anymore. That's fine by Mike McDowell, one of the hotel industry's top lobbyists.

    "We're not out there saying come to San Diego because it's one of the lowest," McDowell said. "We're saying come to San Diego because it's one of the most desirable places in the country. And it's worth every penny."

    McDowell is the general in the long, slow revolution to make San Diego tourists pay more to visit the city. Central to that plan is a proposed $550 million Convention Center expansion, financed primarily by a 1 percent to 3 percent hike in visitor taxes. More immediate is the extension by four decades of a 2 percent charge on visitors staying at large hotels. The plan begins winding its way through City Council on Monday.

    Taken all together, San Diego's comparatively low tourist taxes will no longer be comparatively low, potentially jumping from 10.5 percent to 15.5 percent in certain areas.

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