November 1, 2011
  • 11/1/2011--San Mateo County to reap benefits from America's Cup races, official says 

    By Bonnie Eslinger 

    The Daily News 


    When the America's Cup races sail into San Francisco in 2012 and 2013 they will deliver 

    $1.4 billion in economic benefits to the Bay Area, San Mateo County Supervisors were 

    told Tuesday. 


    Adam Van De Water, San Francisco's assistant project director for the 34th America's 

    Cup, told supervisors the international sailing competition will also generate about 8,800 

    jobs, mostly in the construction, transportation, food, beverage and hospitality industries. 


    Board President Carole Groom welcomed the prospect of America's Cup visitors 

    overflowing into San Mateo County, considering "the large number of hotels we have in 

    this county and the number of tourist attractions we think people will enjoy." 


    The America's Cup finals will be held in San Francisco Bay during the summer of 2013, 

    but there will also be an America's Cup "World Series" competition there in August 



    "Obviously, we're looking for economic benefits," Board Vice President Adrienne Tissier 



    According to the California Travel & Tourism Commission, 30 percent of visitors to San 

    Francisco also travel to other destinations in the region. 


    To minimize traffic congestion and parking problems, America's Cup organizers will 

    encourage use of public transportation and possibly create a special "clipper card" for the 

    event to promote use of regional and local transit systems, Van De Water said.