UPDATE ON TOURISM : Sweating Out Completion of the Convention Center CHRIS KRAUL and Although the convention center opens its doors to local groups and
meetings in November, the first two months are seen as a "shakedown phase" to train staff in the center's operating procedures, marketing director Carroll Armstrong said. and The first two months will also be used to promote local good-will for
the center. Toward that end, the convention center management is planning a three-day "Community Celebration" over Thanksgiving Day weekend. San Diegans will be invited to tour the center during the weekend, and nonprofit groups will be allowed to set up booths in the center free of charge. Entertainment is planned, and food prepared by the convention center's food service department will be available at "reasonable" prices, Armstrong said. and That the convention center will be an economic dynamo throwing off
profits to local businesses, particularly hotels, has become accepted local doctrine. According to ConVis, the center will draw 171,200 more convention delegates to San Diego in 1990, or 25% more than total conventioneers in 1988, resulting in the sale of an estimated 252,000 more hotel room nights, a 30% increase in hotel room nights sold to conventioneers over 1988. and But other kinds of businesses will benefit as well. And assisting
those businesses in getting their fair share of the convention center windfall is the purpose of a series of seminars to start in October, sponsored by ConVis. Visitors will be given advice in catering to conventioneers' needs in transportation, food service, shopping and special events. and Those interested in attending may call ConVis at 232-3101, Ext. 107.