Tourism numbers down in 2009 

Tourism is The City’s largest industry, so any dip in visitors and the cash they spend here creates big ripples.

The amount of money spent last year by visitors to San Francisco dropped 7.8 percent from 2008 to $7.8 billion, while the number of visitors dropped 5.8 percent to 15.4 million, San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau chief Joe D'Alessandro said.

The lower numbers were expected, but “it’s especially disturbing in light of the importance of tourism to the economic health of San Francisco,” he said.

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