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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Tuning into San Francisco's T.V. History

Tourism for Locals: Tuning into San Francisco's T.V. History

While you've been spotting what San Francisco sites were featured on the season premiere of HBO's Looking this past Sunday, we were checking out a local landmark that will probably never be featured on the show, but nonetheless, is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Hop On: Vantigo Redefines Tourism One Revamped Van Ride at a Time

Hop On: Vantigo Redefines Tourism One Revamped Van Ride at a Time

As Eric Hormann gets off his day job, a project manager at a San Francisco tech start-up, his faithful companion, Lillie, waits in anticipation for the adventures that are ready to unfold. Lillie hisses and grunts when going up…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ethical Tourism: Put Your Travel Money Where Your Mouth Is

Ethical Tourism: Put Your Travel Money Where Your Mouth Is

Sex slaves. Obliteration of natural resources. Malnutrition. San Franciscans craving an authentic, inexpensive vacation often turn to developing countries, but low costs often mean low standards of living. Join travel experts Jeff Greenwald and Malia Everette for "Ethical Destinations," a…
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News, The Snitch Residents Say Tourism Makes San Francisco a Better Place to Live

Residents Say Tourism Makes San Francisco a Better Place to Live

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…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New Travel Series Features S.F., Is Like <i>Sesame Street</i> Orchestrated by the Beastie Boys

New Travel Series Features S.F., Is Like Sesame Street Orchestrated by the Beastie Boys

In The Cruise, a 1998 documentary about a double-decker bus tour guide, we meet Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a precocious, frizzy-haired, motor-mouthed eccentric who roams the streets of Manhattan on a quest for existential answers. He comes off almost gimmicky at…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Photo of the Day: Wistful at the Wharf

Photo of the Day: Wistful at the Wharf

As per usual, our beloved Fisherman's Wharf sea lions have taken off to find food in more plentiful waters and we (as well as many heartbroken tourists) miss them! When ya coming back to us, lil' guys?…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Irish Coffee at Buena Vista

Drink of the Week: Irish Coffee at Buena Vista

Solstice arrives next week, marking the celestial start to summer and bringing with it the arrival of tourist season. Yes, that means that soon we'll be shepherding out-of-towners around the various tourist traps sites. While certain activities confirm why we…
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News, The Snitch Even In A Recession, San Francisco Spends Billions on Nightlife

Even In A Recession, San Francisco Spends Billions on Nightlife

Have you hugged a tourist today? In a 2010 study, San Francisco's Office of Economic Analysis revealed that 3,200 nightlife establishments have generated more than $4 billion for the city. 80 percent of this stemmed from visitor areas including North Beach, Chinatown,…
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Dining, SFoodie Bacon Dressup and Ritual in China: This Week in Food Bloggery

Bacon Dressup and Ritual in China: This Week in Food Bloggery

Highlights from the blog this week: 1. SFoodie contributor Albert Law, who has been spending six weeks in China, stumbled upon a cafe in Beijing that serves Ritual coffee. And it's no cheap knockoff -- it's the real stuff, imported…
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Dining, SFoodie Does San Francisco's Food Culture Owe Its Richness to Tech Money?

Does San Francisco's Food Culture Owe Its Richness to Tech Money?

In 7x7 Magazine this week, Sara Deseran has an thought-provoking article about the links between San Francisco's vibrant tech industry and our vibrant restaurant industry. As one venture capitalist she interviews argues, tech millionaires are the silent patrons who fund…
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News, The Snitch Alamo Square Tour Buses -- Let the Complaining Commence

Alamo Square Tour Buses -- Let the Complaining Commence

It wouldn't be a pretty Thursday afternoon in San Francisco if someone weren't bemoaning the behavior of gaggles of out-of-town tourists. The latest iteration: Alamo Square-area denizens' concerns about large tour buses befouling the area. Your humble narrator is an…
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News, The Snitch Key Economic Indicators Hint At Local Recovery

Key Economic Indicators Hint At Local Recovery

San Francisco hasn't yet fully emerged from the mortgage-meltdown: Lingering effects include depressed Bay Area employment, which declined 1.4 percent last year, and lackluster housing prices, which remain flat.However, some other indicators suggest faint signs of a local economic rebound,…
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News, The Snitch Best Practices for Being a Tourist in San Francisco

Best Practices for Being a Tourist in San Francisco

San Francisco is a town of unique tourist attractions, and some guidebooks recommend going off the beaten track to mix with the locals. But should you? I don't think so. Home base: Union Square This is the heart of the…
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News, The Snitch Unusual Band of Tourists to Descend Upon Angel Island

Unusual Band of Tourists to Descend Upon Angel Island

In an example of priming the pump that has nothing to do with John Maynard Keynes, a national group of tourism professionals has arranged for hundreds of folks to take a trip to Angel Island on Friday. It's them: The…
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News, The Snitch Sea Lion Horde at Pier 39 Steadily Growing

Sea Lion Horde at Pier 39 Steadily Growing

Last year, the sea lions were poised to take over the city. Instead, they took a vacation in Oregon. Now, the smelly, adorable creatures are steadily trickling back to San Francisco. This morning, this maintenance guy over at Pier 39…
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News, The Snitch Tourism Board on Odd Juxtaposition of Words 'County' and 'Country': We Meant to Do That!

Tourism Board on Odd Juxtaposition of Words 'County' and 'Country': We Meant to Do That!

You receive odd things when you work at a newspaper. A job candidate signifying he or she was ready to "hit the ground running" sent us some baby shoes (we gave them to a baby). An even more deranged candidate…
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News, The Snitch 'Nextstop' as Next Yelp -- Or Next Flop?

'Nextstop' as Next Yelp -- Or Next Flop?

Hooray!  Let's all welcome yet another user-generated content Web site where everyone can be a critic -- even the potentially biggest douchebags on the planet. SoMa-based Nextstop is an online travel guide that looks and feels a lot like Yelp…
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News, The Snitch As SF Tourism Falters, Visitors Bureau Promotes City Attractions To Locals

As SF Tourism Falters, Visitors Bureau Promotes City Attractions To Locals

From San Francisco Conventions & Visitors BureauOne barometer of tourism in San Francisco is its hotel occupancy rate, which is tracked each month by PFK Consulting and provided to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB). The most recent figures,…
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