Promoting The Arts Takes A Backseat To Controversy

“San Diego’s cultural tourism program – an aggressive effort to promote the arts community and its creativity as a tourist destination – isn’t quite what it used to be. About a year ago, the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau shut down its cultural tourism office, and its manager, Rick Prickett, moved to Hawaii… A city audit of ConVis’ finances took issue with bonuses, car allowances and how ConVis spent money on entertaining clients… Amid the controversy, the bureau’s budget was slashed by more than 20 percent and it was stripped of responsibility for marketing the San Diego Convention Center.”