2010 San Diego economy wrap-up

As the year comes to a close, San Diego is getting its annual one-two punch and that's a good thing. KUSI's Ed Lenderman has the wrap up of San Diego's closing economical numbers.

The combo of our bowl games, coupled with the big auto show was a positive end to the year for San Diego. Plus, there's no question as we bid adieu to 2010, there's a definite sense of optimism regarding San Diego's economy.

The waterfront and the Gaslamp Quarter were teeming at midday, as enthusiasts for two big year-ending events converged.

The San Diego International Auto Show attracted quite a throng of people on its opening day at the Convention Center that were met by thousands of University of Washington and University of Nebraska fans were leaving their hotels for the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm stadium.

It seems its about time for the auto industry to smile in San Diego, coming off one of the toughest years in decades there seems to be more of a buzz about new cars and trucks, and their improved quality, including better fuel consumption since the recession began. And as 2011 looms, financing a purchase or lease, is finally easing up.

Meanwhile, for two of the slowest weeks of the year for tourism, the weeks before and after Christmas, the Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls are generating some 40-to 50-million dollars.

Bowls love teams whose fans are said to travel well. Meaning they'll go anywhere to support their football and that's what were seeing with the Holiday Bowl.

And this years Poinsettia Bowl attendance was the best ever for a bowl game that doesn't have much history, which is especially good considering a home team in the mix.


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