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February Passenger Traffic Up 6.8 Percent at San Diego International

Passenger traffic at San Diego International Airport was up 6.8 percent from a year ago in February, topping 1.43 million, according to the latest available data from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Business Calendar for the Week of April 4, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of April 4, 2016, and beyond.

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Kono USA to Bring Franchise to San Diego

Kono USA announced a new franchise agreement in San Diego April 1, with plans for 10 locations in the area as early as August of this year.

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Craft Glue

BREWING: In a Competitive, Growing Industry, Brewers Employ Stock, Cash, Culture and Other Methods to Retain Workers

The nation’s craft beer companies brewed 24.5 million barrels in 2015, according to figures recently reported by the Brewers Association trade group, besting the prior year’s production by 13 percent as retail sales grew by 16 percent, reaching $22.3 billion.

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Women Tackle Roles in Restaurant Ownership

DINING: Independence, Flexibility and Interaction Cited as Sector Pluses

Women-owned restaurant businesses in the U.S. grew at a far faster pace than that of the overall industry nationwide between 2007 and 2012, according to a recent report by the National Restaurant Association.

Chargers Release Language for Ballot Initiative

The San Diego Chargers have released the final language of their initiative to finance a $1.8 billion downtown football stadium-convention center hybrid, which would raise the city’s hotel tax from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent if approved by voters in November.

JMI to Propose Converting Qualcomm Stadium to SDSU Campus

JMI Realty, former Padres owner John Moores’ development company, will announce a proposal next week to turn the current Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley into a “west campus” for San Diego State University, including a stadium of its own.

La Jolla Festival of the Arts Changes Name, Location

The La Jolla Festival of the Arts announced March 28 it will change its name to the San Diego Festival of the Arts and move into a new location for the event’s 30th anniversary.

Hotel Forecast Calls For Continued Room Demand Growth in 2016

San Diego County’s lodging industry should see continued growth in 2016, with a “soft landing” expected for the local and U.S. markets in 2017 as hotel room demand slows, according to a newly issued forecast by San Diego-based consulting firm RAR Hospitality.

Business Calendar for Week of March 28, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of March 28, 2016, and beyond.

Chargers Reportedly to Seek Hotel Tax Hike for Hybrid Stadium-Convention Center Project

The San Diego Chargers will seek voter approval in November to raise city hotel taxes from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent, to finance a $1.8 billion downtown facility that combines a stadium with convention center space, according to published reports.

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Ride Service Provider Wingz Begins Operations at San Diego Airport

San Francisco-based Wingz, a provider of personalized and scheduled airport ride services, has begun operations at San Diego International Airport.

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Open-air Public Market Opens at Liberty Station

Operators have officially opened Liberty Public Market, an open-air dining and gathering spot featuring numerous food vendors in a former Navy commissary space at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Business Calendar for Week of March 21, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of March 21, 2016, and beyond.

SeaWorld Announces it Will Stop Breeding Killer Whales

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. on Thursday said it would stop breeding killer whales across its theme parks, ending a legal battle with the California Coastal Commission.