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HOSPITALITY: Companies Furiously Updating Theaters
Fresh out of college in 1993, Adolfo Fastlicht joined with three friends in Mexico City to form Cinemex, taking on several longer-established Mexican theater chains to eventually offer a more upscale, luxury version of moviegoing.
Operators before year’s end plan to open the new Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town, billed by the developer as the first completely new hotel to be built in Old Town in more than 12 years.
Sportech Venues California, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Sportech PLC, has opened Striders, a new downtown San Diego restaurant and high-end lounge where guests can legally wager on horse racing.
Port district commissioners have approved a lease for a planned 400-room luxury InterContinental Hotel, to be developed on the southern portion of the former Lane Field ballpark site in downtown San Diego.
San Diego International Airport officials have chosen a design concept from among five alternatives for a planned $2.2 billion redevelopment and reconfiguration of the aging Terminal 1.
Industry veteran Joe Davis has been appointed to serve as interim general manager of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., the non-profit public benefit corporation that operates the waterfront facility on behalf of the city.
National Geographic Traveler magazine has named the San Diego/Tijuana binational region among the world’s top 20 travel destinations for 2016, the San Diego Tourism Authority announced.
Some of the upcoming business events planned in the county for the end of the year.
The Holiday Bowl is still on the hunt for a named sponsor with less than six weeks to go before the Dec. 30 kickoff.
ENTERTAINMENT: Venue Aims to Deliver Fans A ‘Staples Center Experience’
The Valley View Casino Center, older than the aging Qualcomm Stadium, was due for a facelift. Besides the name change from the San Diego Sports Arena and the installation of LCD screens at the entrances, the exterior hasn’t changed much since the venue opened in 1966.
Supporters of a ballot initiative seeking to raise the city of San Diego’s hotel tax, to fund potential projects including a convention center expansion, said they plan to begin collecting signatures on Nov. 20.
Matt Adams has been appointed area vice president and general manager of downtown’s Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, property owner Host Hotels & Resorts announced.
DEVELOPMENT: Decision Calls for Special Election
The Carlsbad City Council has voted to place a controversial retail and open-space development planned near the Agua Hedionda Lagoon on the ballot for a special election scheduled for Feb. 23, 2016.
San Diego port commissioners have approved a staff recommendation favoring Brigantine Inc.’s proposal to redevelop the current downtown waterfront site of the iconic Anthony’s Fish Grotto.
Stanley McChrystal, the retired U.S. Army general, will speak about organizational leadership and his new book at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the University of San Diego. He is co-author of “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World.”