Sunday, September 28, 2008

Free Theater 2008

I came across this in a bulletin I receive and thought I would pass it on. Sounds good!

Every Wednesday from October 1st to October 22, theatres around Northern California are offering up thousands of tickets for FREE to promote the experience of live theatre. Most Free Night of Theatre events will take place between October 3 and November 7, 2008.

Reservations for Free Night of Theatre will begin on Wednesday, October 1. Tickets will be available at the TIX Theatre Bay Area Box Office located on the west side of Union Square from noon until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 and will be available online at 6 p.m. thereafter.

Participants may only reserve tickets for one show during the Free Night campaign.

New batches of tickets will be available online every Wednesday until October 22. Those interested in taking advantage of this great offer are encouraged to review the theatre listings carefully to make sure to get a show date that works for their schedules. You may check out all of the tickets available by visiting

Friday, September 19, 2008

Welcome 2 New Staff Members at the Chancellor Hotel

We are happy to welcome Alex from Belarus to our Chancellor Hotel Family. He is working as a server in Luques Cafe

We also welcome Nathaniel (Nat) to the front desk. He was working with Enterprise Car Rental at the San Francisco International Airport and is now giving the Hotel Business a try.

Welcome and thank you!

Friday, September 12, 2008

San Francisco Hotels Looking at Adding a 1.5% Assessment on Room Sales in January 1, 2009

San Francisco's tourism industry is looking at creating a Tourism Improvement District that will add 1.5% to the current 14% room tax, to go with guaranteed City funds, for the Moscone Convention Center repairs, improvements and expansion as well as fund the convention and visitor's bureau that markets the City as a convention and visitor destination.

Here is some more information from a recent bulletin I received:

Travel and tourism is San Francisco’s largest industry, generating nearly $8 billion in annual economic impact. With San Francisco city government’s general budget challenges and priorities, the City’s tourism industry has not received adequate and consistently reliable financial resources to stay competitive. In a proactive and unified effort, the San Francisco tourism community formed a Tourism Task Force to develop a Tourism Improvement District.

The Task Force, including a diverse membership of hoteliers and tourism business practitioners, met for a year to discuss solutions to ensure San Francisco’s competitive position in international tourism, while maintaining tourism and hospitality as the City’s number one industry. The proposed San Francisco Tourism Improvement District is the recommended solution.

The Task Force elected to use a strategy employed by other cities in the state and most recently, San Diego. This strategy recommends an “assessment district” model, which would be used to assess benefiting businesses and create a sustainable funding mechanism. In March, the SFCVB hired New City America to serve as its primary consultant in this effort. This was based on their experience informing seven (7) business improvement districts within the City.

There would be three primary sources:

Phase 1 – Hotel Participation: SFTID assessment on all occupied non-residential hotel rooms in the city.

Phase 2 – SFO and tourism-related business participation: Assessment on businesses that generate over $1 million annually in tourism-related business, based in San Francisco.

Redirect City’s current SFCVB allocation to Moscone for physical building upgrades and expansion.