The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that after months of public negotiations, the organizers of Comic-Con International: San Diego and the city are expected to announce a two year renewal shortly. The neighboring cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim have openly lobbied for Comic-Con International: San Diego to relocate at the end of its current contract in 2016. Neither San Diego nor the con organizers responded to requests for comment.
According to San Diego Union-Tribune, the biggest point of the deal between the city and the convention was getting neighboring hotels not to change the room rates for the five-day event. Several unnamed hotels confirmed to San Diego Union-Tribune that they have talked with Comic-Con about 2017 and 2018 room reservations.
“We support the mayor’s efforts to keep Comic-Con in San Diego and have worked cooperatively with our hotel members to come to a reasonable agreement between the city and Comic-Con,” statedNamara Mercer, executive director of the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association. “By and large, the majority of the hotels are on board, and the only delays were with a few hotels that were evaluating the proposal."