Tom York on Business: Trade Shows Return to Convention Center in August After COVID Hiatus

The nearly deserted San Diego Convention Center in March. Courtesy of the convention center

San Diego’s tourism economy is slowly getting back to normal.

The San Diego convention Center was closed to conventions for the past year and a half due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A spokeswoman for the cavernous meeting facility said more than 150 important events were cancelled, postponed or went “virtual” during that long closure.

And she noted that as a result, the shutdown resulted in a $2.1 billion loss to the region’s economy, accounting for more than $48 million in uncollected tax revenues.

Well, that’s all about to change. 

The center will soon open its doors to a number of gatherings, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in late August, the American Association of Realtors in mid-November and a special edition of the ever-popular Comic Con over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.