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Despite dirty streets, San Francisco tourism at record high
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Mar 14, 2019 6:02 AM 1+ week ago

"The brand of San Francisco is threatened if we can't make sure the street experience is more positive," said Joe D'Alessandro, CEO of San Francisco Travel. "That's a real priority of ours."

Rod Newman, who was visiting San Francisco from the United Kingdom, said he saw "quite a lot of people" sleeping in doorways or living on the street. But Newman, who was waiting in line Thursday to ride the Powell Street cable car and had also enjoyed a boat cruise and a visit to the Exploratorium, wasn't bothered by it.

Average hotel occupancy was 82.2 percent in 2018, down 1.4 percent, a drop attributed to the partial closure of Moscone Center. The average daily hotel room rate was $264.53, up 6.2 percent.

A two-month strike at seven San Francisco Marriott hotels that ended in December and smoky air in November from the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County also kept some visitors away, D'Alessandro said.

The tourism industry generated $771 million in taxes and fees ...

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