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SAN DIEGO-The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that visitor spending reached $1.6 billion during the peak summer months, up 6.7% over last year during the same period.

Tourist and visitor spending during June, July and August portend “another record year,” barring a collapse of the economy, according to Sal Giametta, bureau VP.

Visitors spent more than $3.6 billion in San Diego County between January and August, a 5.6% increase over a year ago. Last year’s 12-month total of $4.8 billion was acounty record.

Hotel occupancy in the county hit 85.7% in August; the overall average for this year so far is 75.7%.

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