The San Diego Tourism Authority, which had threatened to shut its doors June 3 because it hadn’t received any of the promised funding from the City of San Diego, is open for business after the agency came to an agreement with Mayor Bob Filner.

The authority that obtains its budget from hotel taxes assessed to guests said earlier it would have to shut down after Filner announced he was withholding funds because the authority didn’t allocate funding for the Balboa Park Centennial celebration.

On Friday, May 31, Todd Shallan, the authority’s chairman of the board, said the city agreed to release the funds the group needs to operate and market the city.

“We will be open for business, continuing our important work to attract visitors to one of the finest tourist destinations in the world. The Tourism Authority would like to thank Mayor Filner and the Tourism Marketing District for resolving this matter.”

— SDBJ Staff Report