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Holiday, Poinsettia Bowls Generated Over $35 Million for Region, Study Finds

San Diego’s two postseason college football games combined to produce an economic impact of $35.3 million for the local region in 2014, up nearly $5 million from the previous year, according to a study conducted by the San Diego State University Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research. The annual games are organized by the San Diego Bowl Game Association.

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Downtown Sheraton Suites Hotel Sells for $50 Million

An affiliate of Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. has acquired the 264-room Sheraton Suites San Diego hotel in the downtown area for approximately $50 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

Social Media Sets Pace as ‘Unruns’ Change Course of Running

SPORT: Millennials Seek Good Times, Not Fastest Times

The growth of nontraditional running and endurance events here and around the country reflects a desire by young adults to combine fitness with fun.

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VAVi Changes Field of Play With Events

SPORTS: Company Creates Winning Combo: Fun, Sports

VAVi Sport & Social, an organizer of adult sports leagues, is taking its nontraditional endurance events to a wider audience this year by partnering with Endemol North America, the producer of the obstacle course game show “Wipeout.”

Business Calendar for Week of March 2, 2015

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of March 2, 2015, and beyond.

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Airspace Lounge Opens at San Diego International Airport

San Diego International Airport has opened Airspace Lounge, which operators said is the airport’s first and only common-use lounge.

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$5 Million Renovation Underway at Downtown’s Hotel Palomar

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has begun a $5 million renovation of downtown’s Hotel Palomar San Diego, with 50 of its rooms on five floors being reconfigured and rebranded under a concept called Skyline Collection.

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Efforts to Keep Chargers Proceed Despite Carson Stadium Proposal

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his newly appointed stadium advisory group are continuing efforts toward keeping the San Diego Chargers in the city, despite a joint proposal announced by the Chargers and Oakland Raiders to build a new $1.7 billion football stadium near Los Angeles.

Business Calendar for Week of February 23, 2015

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of February 23, 2015, and beyond.

Stadium Work Should Not Be a Public Spectacle

Commentary: Editorials, letters, columns and other opinions

At the end of January, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed a nine-member task force to identify a site and develop a plan to pay for the construction of a new football stadium for San Diego and the Chargers.

It May Be Tax Time for Sites Offering Temporary Stays in S.D.

LEGAL: City Seeks TOT Revenue as Web Changes Tourism Paradigm

San Diego has joined the growing list of major U.S. cities grappling with fiscal and social fallout from rising use of sites such as Airbnb, where property owners rent out rooms or whole homes to vacationers and others on short stays.

Virgin America Relocates to Terminal 2 West

Virgin America has relocated its local air operations to Terminal 2 West at San Diego International Airport.

Here Come Comic Books And Ninja Turtles

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IDW Publishing is relocating from Pacific Beach to the NTC Arts & Culture District in historic Liberty Station. IDW publishes comic books and graphic novels, but it’s no little Comic Center of Pasadena.

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TOURISM: Region Plots Ways to Woo Film, TV Productions

Discussions are underway to replace what was once the San Diego Film Commission — eliminated as a result of 2013’s tourism-related city budget squabbling — with a new regional organization aimed at making San Diego County a competitive hub for movie and TV production.

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Expedia Travel Agency Division Opens San Diego Location

Expedia CruiseShipCenters, a division of online travel information provider Expedia Inc. that markets and sells cruise vacations through franchised offices, recently opened a San Diego location.