Experience San Diego

Significant, sustained tourism growth doesn’t ride down on sunbeams.

It requires bold goals and aspirations; a clear-eyed assessment of strengths and weaknesses,
needs and gaps; and a smart, new visionary set of strategic priorities and directives designed to succeed.

Experience San Diego will not only conceptualize San Diego’s tourism aspirations, it will make them a reality.


In The News

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE, Announced as IAVM’s 2nd Vice Chair 2018-2019

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) has announced the nomination of Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE, for Second Vice Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors. Rippetoe will serve a four-year term, taking on the Chairman position in 2020-2021. 434-285-0662


Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Convention Center, was recently honored as the inaugural winner of the “Catalyst for Change” at the Women of Influence Awards. This first-of-its-kind award “recognizes a man who has shown by deed, actions and accomplishments the advancement of other businesswomen and has a track record of success and accomplishments by mentoring and/or supporting women in their profession, industry or enterprise.” Read More »

I Made It in San Diego: When Running a Hotel Isn’t Enough

Elvin Lai talks about running a hotel that he unexpectedly inherited at age 21. In a new episode of I Made It in San Diego, a VOSD podcast about the people behind the region’s businesses, I talked to hotelier Elvin Lai about how running a hotel has led to his involvement in several business ventures, city politics and the community. exculpatorily

San Diego spending $1M to lure Chinese visitors

As the all-important spring and summer travel season approaches, San Diego is launching a $15 million advertising initiative, but this year there’s a relatively new player in the mix: China. roomthiness


San Diego as a Compelling Destination

New leisure assets, expand meeting and convention tourism


Visitor Spending

Longer stays mean more visitor spending to benefit the local economy


Quality of Life for All San Diegans

Partner with organizations throughout the San Diego community to enhance quality of life