America's Cup Organisers Demand 10,000 Free Hotel Rooms in San Diego
Although the next America’s Cup is three years away, every step of the preparations so far has come with a degree of controversy. Currently, Bermuda and San Diego are being weighed up against one another as possible host venues.
According to the San Diego Sports Commission, the America’s Cup organisers have audaciously requested that the city provide 10,000 free hotel room nights for organisers to court corporate sponsors over the next three years.
In addition to the 10,000 free hotel room nights, organisers have also requested another 7500 room nights at half-price, totalling around €2 million in discounted hotel rooms. It is not yet clear whether the organisers have made the same demands to Bermuda, but it already appears as though the San Diego Tourism Marketing District Board is against the idea after the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper quoted a tourism board member saying “It just stinks.”
"There's just a general feeling that there's self-interest at play here, which I don't think serves us very well."
"This is all about television,"
"This is about French tourists, English tourists; the rest of the world cares so much more about sailing than we do."
Although the America’s Cup organisers’ requests are bold, it is still believed that the chosen venue would be able to create around 8000 new jobs and would receive around US $1 billion in economic revenue.
After Chicago was eliminated as a potential host venue earlier in the summer, Bermuda and San Diego are now the only two candidates, but depending on how San Diego officials respond, the decision may become closer to be being made.
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Article by Jack Bartrop