26 JUNE 2015
In the roar of Thursday programming announcements, this little blip barely got noticed: Allegedly CCI is sealing a new deal to keep the Con in San Diego through 2018, and it could be signed by the start of SDCC.
This is the part that probably matters most to you: "Hoteliers confirmed that they have been responding to a recent request from Comic-Con organizers that they write up addendums to their 2016 room block contracts committing to not raise their rates for 2017 and 2018 and to maintain the same number of discounted hotel rooms for the convention."
If you'll recall, CCI has said previously that hotel rooms are the stumbling block to staying in San Diego, as some hotels were making fewer rooms available and raising their rates. We all remember the astronomically priced "overflow site" on Hotel Day, right? The one where you could get a room at the Hilton Bayfront for a mere one thousand dollars a night? CCI is trying to prevent that from getting worse.
Of course, I'm guessing that the mercenary bloodbath that was Hotel Day has scared plenty of attendees into forking over huge sums for 2016 hotel rooms anyhow - too many attendees don't want to risk washing out completely, as many of us did this year. (And while it was awful, I do have to point out that Early Bird had tons of rooms available that went ignored. So remember that option if you're already dreading next year's hotel sale.)
After years of knowing that 2016 was the official end game on the contract, it's kind of weird to think that it's the very next Con. 20-24 July, 2016: that could have been the last San Diego Comic-Con ever. But right now it looks like we'll keep going right where we've always been.