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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.
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.
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.
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.”
Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of March 2, 2015, and beyond.
San Diego International Airport has opened Airspace Lounge, which operators said is the airport’s first and only common-use lounge.
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.
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.
Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of February 23, 2015, and beyond.
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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.
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 has relocated its local air operations to Terminal 2 West at San Diego International Airport.
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.
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.
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.