San Francisco’s tourism leaders hailed a 2010 increase in visitors and spending revealed in a survey released Tuesday, but concerns remain over hotel worker strikes hampering The City’s top moneymaking industry.
Leonard Hoops, the executive director of the San Francisco Travel Association, said the “labor cloud” that hangs over The City continues to threaten the tourism sector, which remains fragile. Read More
Advocates of an America’s Cup race in San Francisco promised that it would spur long-desired development on the southern waterfront. But critics worried the deal would force the Port of San Francisco to spend money it does not have.
It turns out the deal might be creating both scenarios already. Read More
The America’s Cup has long been an elite regatta, but when framed by Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, it will become a sport for the masses.That is the vision that billionaire Larry Ellison and the leaders of his yacht-racing team, Oracle Racing, articulated Wednesday to about 200 sailing aficionados and others at City Hall, celebrating his choice of San Francisco as the 2013 event’s venue. Read More
The main rivals of San Francisco in the race to host the America’s Cup say they will not have a bid to hand over to race organizers by the Friday deadline, but city leaders are not declaring victory. Billionaire Larry Ellison’s yacht racing team, BMW Oracle Racing, has a self-imposed Dec. 31 deadline to choose the next location of the America’s Cup, which it has power to do because the team won the last regatta in February. Read More
Minor changes are being applied to the agreement between The City and organizers of the 34th America’s Cup regatta to fend off a last-minute effort by Rhode Island officials to host the race.San Francisco approved a bid to host the world-renowned sailing race on the northern waterfront of The City. In the past week, however, race organizers have openly courted Newport, R.I., to host the event. In response, San Francisco officials were re-examining parts of their bid. Read More
The 34th America’s Cup regatta may sail by San Francisco as negotiations intensify between race organizers and Rhode Island officials to hold the event there instead.Last week, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposed host agreement for the prestigious sailing race to be held in The City in 2013. Read More
After months of debate and tense negotiations, San Francisco is expected to learn by Friday if it will host the 34th America’s Cup race in 2013.The City unanimously approved a proposed host agreement bid Tuesday, which was quickly signed by Mayor Gavin Newsom. San Francisco now awaits word on whether the terms are acceptable to billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing team, sponsored by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club. Read More
San Francisco is pushing ahead with a bid to host the America’s Cup sailing race on the northern waterfront despite threats that The City has jeopardized its lead position to host the event.Billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing team won the cup in Valencia, Spain, in February and with it the right to select who will host the next cup race in 2013. Read More
The northern waterfront of San Francisco has become the top choice for The City to anchor its bid to host the America’s Cup sailing contest.As The City races to approve a host agreement by Tuesday, the northern waterfront was selected as the destination for the 2013 event, over the initially proposed central waterfront location, which would have been more expensive for The City. Read More
After struggling unsuccessfully for years to establish one cruise terminal on the waterfront, San Francisco might wind up with two.If The City is chosen to host the America’s Cup regatta in 2013, officials hope to use some of the development dollars to build a new airportlike cruise terminal at Pier 27, at the bottom of Telegraph Hill. But if the bid goes forward, Piers 30-32 just south of the Bay Bridge likely would become a cruise terminal as well. Read More