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Convention Center Breaks Several Records in Fiscal Year 2019

With a total regional impact of $1.3 billion, Fiscal Year 2019 was a record-breaking year for your San Diego Convention Center. From July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, 143 events brought approximately 836,695 people into our building.

Our FY19 annual report shows how we fulfill our function for San Diego. We host life-changing events with attendees who support our local economy by spending money and creating an economic ripple effect throughout our region.

A colorful path shows how attendees visit the Convention Center and create regional impact. Most stats used are mentioned in the story.

“Many times, we do not realize how many individuals are required to create the experience that draws people to one of the top convention centers in the country,” said President & CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe. “We thank our staff, in-house partners and labor partners who offer the highest service in the industry, share our commitment to sustainability and continually innovate to ensure the most efficient operations, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

We broke another record by generating $29 million in Hotel and Sales Tax revenue. This is money that funds our local government and depends on the visitors we bring. In FY19, for every dollar the City of San Diego invested in the Convention Center, we returned $1.80; and that's separate from our immense economic benefit.

A graph depicting the stats previously mentioned. Additional info includes City of San Diego's investment at 13.2 million dollars.
What about the events? FY19 broke another record with 22 medical meetings. These events are notable because their attendees support local businesses by spending more money in San Diego and are more likely to bring their families and stay for vacation. We are also extremely proud to serve as a gathering place for attendees to share life-saving, cutting-edge research in medical fields! Six of our top 10 events are medical meetings.
Top ten events showing regional impact and attendance numbers for each event.

Additional accomplishments in FY19 include:

Our FY19 annual report also recognizes our 30th anniversary and features some of our all-star staff who helped make our 30 years of success possible.

“We hope you enjoy the featured profiles as our way of lifting the roof off this iconic building so you can see how your San Diego Convention Center has been bringing people together in the heart of the city for three decades,” said Xema Jacobson, who was Chair of our Board in FY19. “We thank the hundreds of hard-working San Diegans who contribute to our success every day.”

In recognition of the people who bring our building to life, we invite you to view our annual report.

Authored by Alec Church

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