Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

The Most Airbnb People You Could Possibly Imagine, Alamo Square Area, Western Addition, USA

Monday, August 11th, 2014

(Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.)

This has been a remarkable change, over the past half-decade.

You see them, all over the place, every day, coming and going, taking photos of buildings, looking at maps, asking where “the Seven Ladies” are, asking where the “Full House house” is, and rolling luggage up and down the street, you know, that kind of thing.

Sometimes I don’t know if they’re Airbnb people, but other times, like this time, it’s easy to tell: 

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I don’t have a generalized beef against tourists – that makes me different from the typical Western Addition NIMBY.

In any event, this is what Airbnb looks like IRL on the street.

When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near Grant

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Thusly. Strike a pose, mate: 

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Of course this shot was from back in the day, from back before the Black Paint Attack of 2013, which damaged the appearance of the famously peaceful heart doctor.

But a genuine 2010 Banksy is a genuine 2010 Banksy, right? So check it out the next time you’re on Eddy Grant Avenue – it’s electric!

Here’s your Map, from all the way back in 2011. Can you spot the Banksy

Sure you can!

This is What the San Francisco Tourist Agency Does with Our Money, Our Tens of Millions

Monday, May 26th, 2014

It sends youthful orange-shirted attractivas with iPads out to approach tourists in Golden Gate Park.

Feigned excitement: “Oh it’s your birthday tomorrow!?”

We can’t afford to operate the Strybing Arboretum without soaking the tourists, but we can afford this?

What’s going on, SFGov. Do you do everything a special interest tells you to do?

Remembering the Time When San Francisco’s Official Tourist Association Renamed the Tenderloin as the “THEATER DISTRICT”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

This one’s from a few years back:

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Perhaps this was the problem:

Organization History

For more than 100 years the San Francisco Travel Association has worked on behalf of its partners to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Association is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City’s position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.

San Francisco Travel continues that mission today, aggressively marketing and selling San Francisco to attract visitors. San Francisco Travel is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 membership organization, headed by a Board of Directors made up of 45 business leaders from various companies, elected by the membership. Additionally, in 2003, the Association established a 501(c)3 foundation to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in local hospitality management programs and to produce educational programs.” 

Oh No! MUNI Takes Money from the Chinese Government for Bus Ads, But Also Promotes Quote from an “Enemy of China”

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

So here we go, the Mainland Chinese are paying the SFMTA to “wrap” buses with ads, see?

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But at the same time, MUNI’s got these Dalai Lama quotes up, you know,  just for the heck of it, just for Public Relations:

The problem with that is that the Dalai Lama is quote “The Enemy of China” unquote.

And that’s not just some nobody saying that, it comes from Party animal Zhang Qingli, Communist Party Chief of the Tibet Autonomous Region from 2006 to 2011.

C’mon ZQ, tell us what you really think, you know, officially:

“The Dalai Lama is a wolf wrapped in a habit, a monster with human face and animal’s heart.”

Hey, didn’t China invade Tibet, you know, back in the 1950′s? I think so.

Oh China, will you ever win?

Oh MUNI, will you ever win?

San Francisco’s “Official Tourism Marketing Organization” Invites Tech Conventioneers to Sex / Strip Clubs?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Here’s the  giant ad from the back of today’s never-been-thinner San Francisco Examiner.

“San Francisco’s Finest Adult Clubs welcome RSA CONFERENCE Feb 25 – Mar, San Francisco Travel

Check it:

So what’s the San Francisco Travel Association logo doing in there?

I’m confused.

(But oh, let me assure all you horny nerd conventio tourists in town for the next few days. There IS sex in the champagne room (or whatever they’re calling the champagne room these days), despite what you might have heard.NB: Bring cash. NNB: Lots and lots of cash.)

Executive Team

Joe D’Alessandro
President & CEO
415-227-2698

Paul Frentsos
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
415-227-2608

Tom Kiely
Executive Vice President, Tourism
415-227-2667

John Reys
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
415-227-2614

Matt Stiker
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
415-227-2680

Tina Wu
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
415-227-2609

Know Your Jerk Helicopter Pilots of San Francisco: Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge for Fun

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I don’t know, the FAA doesn’t seem to mind this kind of hot dogging so who am I to complain:

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Here’s what it looks like from inside.

Sometimes these birds land in the water due to engine trouble and then the Coast Guard tows them to shore.

It’s a living, I s’pose…

ZOMG, the Ziptrek Zipline is Coming Back to San Francisco for the Summer of 2011! Just $29 a Ride

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Here’s the news from AkitIt’s ba-aaaack! Its the ZipTrek EcoTours zipline* (or ziplines, as they will have two, side-by-side). Deets are below.

Now, last year, back in 2010, the rides were free, so people were lining up at 3:00 AM. But this year, the cost will be $29, so that will certainly cut down on the riff-raff, and therefore surely shorten the queue.

(And oh, our friends from up in the Great White North just told me that they will be highly disappointed if Edwin Lee, San Francisco’s once (and future?) Mayor chickens out, if he blows off his obligation. Other Mayors have done it and it all worked out fine. See below for one example…)

This could be you:

Hangtime by Justin.Beck

The deets:

All guests are required to sign an Assumption of Risks and Release of Liability Agreement (coming soon) before zipping. Under 19 requires signature by a parent or guardian.

The ziplines are gravity fed, so guests do not have to worry about controlling their own speed. Guides are stationed at each tower to connect (launch platform) and disconnect (landing platform) each and every guest. Age restrictions apply and guests must weigh more than 65 pounds and no more than a maximum of 275 pounds.

When:
Summer 2011
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. *

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Square, San Francisco, California

* times may vary on certain days”

Will you have the guts to climb a temporary tower (80 feet tall!) just like this one from 2010 to earn the right to tell your friends you rode the Justin Herman Plaza Zip Line?

Just asking.

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But first, you’ll need to wait in line next to the abysmal Vaillancourt Fountain, sign a waiver, and get harnessed up.

Le mise-en-scene.

You’ll ascend the 80 foot tower and encounter a friendly Canadian guide at the top. If you need a pep talk, you’ll get one:

You’ll soon be steadying your nerves by glancing at your jump buddy…

…and then you’ll be off, into the wild bleu.

Sisters doing it for themselves:

Can you see the nervous giggles? There’s your team bonding right there.

And this is what it felt like last year. Everything zooms by with a quickness, and there’s a loud buzzing above your noggin. Some people go upside-down even.

And they’ll totally let you bring a camera to make your own YouTube:

You owe it to yourself to try.

Don’t dissappoint lovely Ashleigh. She brought her Olympic Gold all the way down here last year just so you’d consider Vancouver as the starting point for your next vacation:

via Amy Widdowson

And I’ll tell you, last year the kids from Project Insight were quite amused to see former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown take a run on the fantastic British Columbia Zip-Line near the Ferry Building.

Here’s an account from John Coté.

Willie, sporting cashmere, handed out souvenir mittens (I still have a pair sitting in the back seat of Mom’s Taxi) from Up North:

Then it was time to harness up:

A reluctant exchange of headgear:

It’s go time.

 

Then he was off:

 

Here’s a close-up of those cardinal socks:

The landing tower. Here’s the reverse angle from David Paul Morris

And then a press conference:

His reaction after flying through the sky?

“I was scared as Hell, but there was no way I was going to show it!”

Good for you, Mr. Brown. Will you ride again in 2011?

Anyway, if he can do it, you can too.

See you there this summer!

And get the latest info direct from la source here:

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*Aka flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide or tyrolean crossing

Pike Formation: A Gaggle of Germans Gather in the Twitterloin in Preparation for Entering the Tenderloin Proper

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

These tightly-packed German tourists appeared to be set to enter the gritty Tenderloin from the apparent safety of Mid-Market yesterday evening.

The only words from the tour leader I understood were “Turk Street” and, at the end, “It’s go time.”

Looking up Jones Street straight into the teeth of the ‘Loin. Mmmm, gritty:

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Don’t know if this has anything to do with last year’s nearby killing of Mechthild Schröer or if it’s favella tourism or what.

Never encountered anything like this before…

Rave New Reviews for Fantastic Beach Blanket Babylon – It’s 36 Years Young in 2010

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

How can Beach Blanket Babylon be a “new show” at 36 years old? Well, I don’t know, it just is – it evolves, it keeps up with the times. Anyway, Media Week 2010 just ended at Club Fugazi up in North Beach, so a bunch of reviews have been popping up.

And that includes The Review from San Francisco Chronicle Theater Critic Robert Hurwitt. He just recently gave instructions to have The Little Man to hop out of his seat. See?

“In Chronicle parlance, this one is called Wild Applause. Readers should know that the critic believes the production…, having achieved all of its artistic goals, is firmly in the don’t-miss category.” 

You can’t do better than that.

Yes indeed, BBB rolls along for 90 entertaining minutes – it’s all filled up with jokes, sight gags, costumes, and musical numbers.

Here’s how it looks close to the end:

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Now, speaking of blankets, if you are a wet blanket, if you’re a hater determined to not have fun with your friends, well you could be like some of the Yelpers who label it “cheesy.” But that’s not a bug, it’s a feature, right? And of course most of the Yelpers just love, love, love this production.

Anyway, the youthful gaggle of Fun Fearless Females who sat just ahead of me were into a couple wine bottles 15 minutes before the show began. They seemed to be having a good time, singing along. And yet, I’m sure my grandmother would be into to this joint as well. It’s hard to imagine a live production that would appeal to a bigger cross-section – locals, tourists, older, younger, etc.

(And best of all, while watching, you can even get a bottle of refreshing Dom Perignon for less than $200 - can you remember seeing a markup that low for Dom in this day and age? Moving on …)

I’ll tell you, I’ve hadn’t seen the BBB before last weekend. I thought it was great. You will too. See you there! (Again, maybe.)