The San Francisco Travel Association this week touted $8.2 million in hotel taxes for San Francisco collected during the controversial Super Bowl 50 of last month. The event of the season was billed as a potential economic boon for the city, and the sum, which the Business Times and the Chronicle report to be $5.3 million more than during the same period in 2015, is one testament that maybe it was? With the Super Bowl 50 Host committee already clamoring for a second helping, they'll surely be saying so.
“Our hotels were nearly filled with visitors spending not only on hotel rooms but restaurants, transportation, shopping, entertainment and more,” president and CEO of San Francisco Travel Joe D’Alessandro said. “It’s estimated that 75 percent of all visitor spending takes place outside of hotels.”
Leading up to the game, which of course was held just a stone's throw from downtown San Francisco in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium, an approximate horde of 1.1 million people visited our city. Hotel occupancy during the frenzy stood at an all-time high of 90.7 percent on February 6th, the day before the game. That's a 14 percent increase over the same day last year, we're told.
Oh, and yeah, the report from the Travel Association doesn't include Airbnb, VRBO, and other short-term rentals, in case you thought they were like sharing information with the city now or something.