Would increasing hotel tax keep Comic-Con visitors away?

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SAN DIEGO -- The argument against raising the transient occupancy tax from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent is that it would damage tourism in San Diego and drive out large conventions like Comic-Con.

But if you listen to many visitors here for Comic-Con, the proposed extra four percent hotel tax would not matter.

"The place is beautiful, it’s gorgeous worth everything you pay for it, four percent wouldn’t even slow me down, to be honest with you, the cost is already upwards of four thousand dollars an extra four percent wouldn’t stop me from coming," said Alabama resident John Alsbrooks who is attending Comic-Con with his wife, Cori.

Others said the same thing.

"There’s a lot of people who come internationally for this, spend a lot of money to get here. It’s just an added cost, so if it costs us a few more dollars for a hotel, we’ll pay," said Graham Small, who is visiting from Scotland.

FOX 5's informal survey did not find anyone who said they would stay away if the hotel tax went up.