SD Explained: Hotel Impact on Comic-Con

The idea of expanding the San Diego Convention Center has long been on the table.

Comic-Con, the comics and pop culture extravaganza that's become an annual mainstay of San Diego tourism, helped motivate that expansion. But while some have argued Comic-Con will bail if the city doesn't get its act together – and fast – on a contiguous expansion, the massive event has certainly made do with that it's got.

Comic-Con's learned to branch out beyond the Convention Center to accommodate its lengthy list of programs and panels during the four-day gathering. Spreading out around downtown has made it possible for Comic-Con to stay in San Diego, spokesman David Glanzer said.

But there's been another sticking point in deciding Comic-Con's future (for the record, the event is slated to stick around through 2018): hotel room blocks.

On this San Diego Explained, NBC 7's Catherine Garcia and the Voice of San Diego's Lisa Halverstadt lay out the back-and-forth between event organizers, city officials and hoteliers.

Comic-Con announced late last week that the convention will stay in San Diego through 2018, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing trying to secure that deal. NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and the Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt look into one challenging negotiating point in this week’s San Diego Explained.
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