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San Diego Tourism Plans to Cut 40 Percent of Staff and Executive Salaries

Jul 26, 2013 7:18 am

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The staff reductions come after funding was cut by as much as 85 percent due hotel room surcharges stuck in litigation. This suggests more funding could revive the board once litigation clears and highlights the funding challenges of what are sometimes overlooked city organization.

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San Diego’s Tourism Authority is laying off 40 percent of its staff as it struggles with a drastic funding cut.

U-T San Diego says 31 of 79 staffers will get the axe next Tuesday. They include top-level managers and administrative, sales and marketing workers.

The authority also plans 20-percent salary cuts for five senior employees.

The Tourism Authority in the nation’s eighth-largest city expects to receive only about 15 percent of the funding it had last year. The money comes from a hotel room surcharge collected by the city but the funds can’t be released because of pending litigation challenging the levy.

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