SFTID FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District (TID)?

A: The San Francisco Tourism Improvement District is a city-mandated assessment of 1% - 1.5% of room revenue for all hotels within San Francisco city limits. The city's tourist hotels are divided into two zones, based largely on geographic proximity to Moscone Center and the tourism infrastructure.

The 1.5% assessment of gross revenue from tourist hotel rooms in Zone 1 adds $3 to the guest folio based on a room rate of $200. The 1% assessment of gross revenue from tourist hotel rooms in Zone 2 adds $2 to the guest folio based on a room rate of $200.


Q: Why was the TID established?

A: Among other things, the Tourism Improvement District is designed to ensure stable and adequate funding for the San Francisco Travel Association, and to fund capital improvements, upgrades and expansion analysis for Moscone Center.

Funding for San Francisco Travel is critical to providing convention and meeting customers with the services, programs and marketing support they need to hold great meetings in San Francisco and maximize delegate attendance. In addition, the TID assessment and accompanying city funds are expected to generate $80 million during the next five years to restore Moscone Center to a state-of-the-art facility and to explore expansion options.

Without the establishment of the TID, the SF Travel Association and Moscone Center would have faced major budget challenges in the near future which would have likely lead to reduced services for convention and meeting customers and indefinite postponement of Moscone Center improvements and upgrades.


Q: What are the boundaries of the TID hotel zones?

A: Zone 1 includes all hotels within San Francisco city limits on and east of Van Ness Avenue and on and north of 16th Street. This includes Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Yerba Buena and Civic Center. Zone 2 includes all hotels within San Francisco city limits west of Van Ness Avenue and south of 16th Street.


Q: What is the duration of the TID?

A: The TID has a duration of 15 years. However, beginning in year six, the assessment will be reduced to 1% of gross revenue from tourist hotels in Zone 1 and 0.75% of gross revenue from tourist hotels in Zone 2.


Q: How does San Francisco's hotel tax and TID assessment compare to taxes and assessments in other U.S. cities?

A: San Francisco's existing 14% hotel tax and its 1% - 1.5% TID assessment (15% - 15.5% total) is comparable to total taxes, assessments and fees in cities such as Chicago (15.39%) and Seattle (15.6%), and below cities such as Boston (17.45%), Vancouver (17%), San Antonio (16.75%), and Kansas City (15.73%).