Comic-Con's huge turnout drives San Diego's economy

What has now become a staple in San Diego's tourism expansion, Comic-Con, the festival celebrating comic books and movies, has signed an agreement to keep the beloved convention in the city until 2016, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. This is certainly good news for those interested in real estate in San Diego, since the notoriety of the convention has snowballed in the recent years, attracting an increasingly high number of people to the city.

With many comic books being turned into movies and gaining serious box office dollars, more visitors and celebrities alike flock to San Diego each July, many of them playfully dressing as super heroes and getting their comic books signed by their favorite authors. There were an estimated 130,000 patrons to the convention this year, and city leaders plan to bring an expansion of the convention center to the waterfront by 2017, providing another hub for tourism to the coastal communities with beach homes for sale in San Diego. According to the Union Tribune, San Diego's tourism and convention center leaders are expected to negotiate deals to extend the contract for Comic-Con, possibly keeping the convention in the city past 2016.

According to the New York Daily News, Comic-Con's major appearances this year were "Iron Man" star Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Ben Kingsley, to name a few. The convention is inclusive and all-ages, bringing a lot of diversity and essential tourism dollars into San Diego that make it an even better place to live, work and play.