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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Residents Say Tourism Makes San Francisco a Better Place to Live

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

What's not to love?
  • What's not to love?

Contrary to how you might have treated that Frenchman on the F-Market this morning, San Franciscans seem to love tourists as much as tourists love them.

According to a survey released today, San Francisco residents named tourism the city's most important industry.

The survey, which was commissioned by the San Francisco Travel Association, was based on interviews with 400 adult San Francisco residents via telephone.

Nearly 78 percent of those surveyed said it's tourism that makes San Francisco a better place to live.

When asked about tourism and city finances, 94 percent said that, without a doubt, they believed those trinket-happy foreigners were a huge benefit to San Francisco's budget.

Some 91 percent of those polled said the money that tourists spend eating and exploring the city has probably helped with road repairs, schools, firefighters, and cops.




Joe D'Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel

Association, was rather pleased to know that tourists and locals are getting along so well.

"It is deeply gratifying to see that the vast majority of San Francisco

residents appreciate the important role tourism plays in the economic

vitality of our city," he said in a statement.



Most

people surveyed also agreed that elected officials should support policies

that promote tourism; 76 percent said they'd vote for a mayor who bolstered tourism, and 81 percent said they wanted their district

supervisor to truly care about tourism.



Good thing we fancy tourists so well, considering they're not going away anytime soon. Tourism is San Francisco's largest industry, generating in excess

of $8.4 billion annually for the local economy while supporting more than 71,000

jobs.

So next time a tourist stops you on Market Street to ask where Alcatraz is, show them on the map, because without their money, we just might have been another Vallejo, or worse -- Stockton.

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