by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 31, 2013

Yesterday, the city of San Diego released funds, allowing the San Diego Tourism Authority to continue operations. On Thursday, the SDTA announced it was suspending operations because of a lack of funding from the city's Tourism Marketing District. Funds were supposed to have been released once a deal was reached in March between Mayor Bob Filner and the TMD, concerning the TMD's efforts to distribute a 2 percent room surcharge that already is being collected, but trouble arose when the parties tried to hammer out the details, and the tourism authority is the casualty. A spokesperson for the authority told NBC 7 San Diego that 85 people will be affected if operations cease on Monday. According to Todd Shallan, the chair of the San Diego Tourism Authority, "The Tourism Authority will suspend operations effective Monday, June 3rd. This will bring to a halt our sales and marketing efforts across the country, including all future television and on-line advertising purchases. Unfortunately, this will negatively impact San Diego’s tourism sector and its overall economy, as well as the 160,000 men and women who work in San Diego’s signature industry." He added that the shutdown will not affect the Authority’s convention center sales team, which is funded through a contract with the San Diego Convention Center Corp. “We are hopeful that the funds will soon be released so that the Tourism Authority can resume its important mission to drive visitor demand to economically benefit the San Diego region." For background on the political wrangling, click here.