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Could SD tourism thrive minus Comic-Con?

Jonathan Horn, Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES; Superman

Although Comic-Con is a phenomenon attracting thousands of visitors and promoting San Diego’s image across the globe, the local visitor industry would still thrive if it was not held here. Arguably hosting Comic-Con in the midst of the busiest visitor season of the year is actually counterproductive as some stay away because of overcrowding during the event. It would be more productive to hold during a much less congested time of year. Nevertheless, it is a noteworthy event putting the spotlight on San Diego and bolstering the economy. My favorite superhero remains Superman -- battling for truth, justice and the American way!