San Francisco tourism on the rise
Mayor Gavin Newsom announces improved tourism statistcs.
Bay City News Service
May 13, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - New tourism statistics released by
the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau reveal the
number of tourists visiting San Francisco has risen by 4.1 percent
compared to 2004.
"As the city's largest industry, (tourism) creates jobs
and raises revenue for programs that benefit all of the city's
residents," said Mayor Gavin Newsom in a statement. "Tourism
allows us to share the natural beauty and cultural diversity of
San Francisco with the rest of the world."
The SFCVB reports that 15.74 million visitors came to San Francisco
in 2005, and spent $7.37 billion dollars, which is an increase
of 9.5 percent from 2004.
The SFCVB also debuted its new and expanded Web site and domain
name today. Web site visitors can book travel arrangements through
the site, take a virtual tour of the city, make restaurant reservations,
and book tickets to local cultural and sporting events. The Web
site has specific San Francisco guides and itineraries such as
the "Queer Culture Tour," the "African American
Excursion," and places to go if you only have a few hours
to spend in the city.
The new Web site can be viewed at http://www.OnlyInSanFrancisco.com
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