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Business Travel, Conventions Revving Back Up

TOURISM: Nearly 4M Passengers Fly into San Diego in Q1

While leisure travel has rebounded strongly in 2022, local tourism officials say business travel and convention business is also starting to perk up. But a full recovery may still be two to three years away.

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Cross Street: Where Chicken Meets Beer in San Diego

RESTAURANTS: Business ‘A Labor of Love’ for Old Friends

Best friends going into the restaurant business together can be a recipe for disaster. But that has not been the case for Tommy Nguyen and Wilson To, co-founders of local restaurant Cross Street Chicken and Beer, which has three locations around San Diego.

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French-Vietnamese Taste Combo Hooks Patrons at Kingfisher

RESTAURANTS: Phan Sisters Create Food Fusion

At first glance, it might seem odd that Kingfisher Cocktail Bar & Eatery, a restaurant that opened in January in Golden Hill, marries the culinary styles of two quite diverse countries, partnering ingredients favored by chefs from France and those from Vietnam.

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San Diego Zoo Names New Executive Director

TOURISM: Erika Kohler, Former Interim ED, Gets Nod

As a child growing up in Macomb in west central Illinois, Erika Kohler was moved by the compassionate actions of a local man who was part of a second family to her.

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Performance Center is ‘A Dream Come True’

DESIGN: Southwestern College Debuts New $66M Facility

Designed by Tucker Sadler Architects, a new $66 million Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College in Chula Vista took its cue from ancient Mayan cities, including its soaring roofline and giant sun glyph.

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Port Tenants Association Changes Name

NONPROFITS: Rebrands as 'San Diego Working Waterfront'

The San Diego Port Tenants Association has changed its name to San Diego Working Waterfront, and on April 21 unveiled a new logo that honors its roots and the people engaged in the myriad businesses on the waterfront.

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Hispanic Chamber to Sign MOU with Volaris

The San Diego County Imperial Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will officially sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Latin-American airlines VOLARIS.

‘Create the Future Awards’ Honors Innovators

EVENTS: Downtown San Diego Partnership Recognizes 11 ‘Doers’

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor for public programs at the University of California San Diego extension, were among those honored by the Downtown San Diego Partnership with Create the Future Awards.

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Professionals Lauded at Int’l Gold Key Awards

HOSPITALITY: Mayor Gloria Praises Industry’s Key Civic Contributions

With San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria heaping praise on the city’s entire hotel and hospitality industry, eight local professionals in particular were honored at the San Diego County Lodging Association and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Gold Key Awards event held earlier this month.

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Sprawling Parcel a Link to Old California

AGRICULTURE: Winery, Farming and Cattle Fuel Rancho Guejito

Privately owned and managed, Rancho Guejito is a 36-square-mile parcel of largely undeveloped land in the San Pasqual Valley off state Route 78 that harkens back to the San Diego County of old, with a rich history that includes being one of the original Mexican land grants in Southern California.

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Wildlife Explorers Basecamp Is ‘Spectacular’

DEVELOPMENT: Largest Project in Zoo History

Creating the San Diego Zoo’s latest addition – the transformation of what had been a children’s petting zoo into a combination play zone and exhibit area – was so extensive that it took Pacific Building Group three years to complete the project.

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Spring Break Fuels Upswing in Travel Spending

TOURISM: Experts See Strong, Steady Recovery in 2022

San Diego’s all-important tourism sector continues to bounce back, local officials say, with Spring Break 2022 fueling a healthy uptick in visitor spending across the city and county.

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A Mobile App for Mobile Living

TECH: Sēkr Raises $2.25M in Seed Round

An unmet need for camping spots catering to people living the van life led Breanne Acio to found Sēkr – a mobile app that now features the largest database of free campsites.

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CSUSM Business Survey Says Consumer Confidence Remains High

ECONOMY: Student-Run Survey Recaps 2021, Looks Ahead to 2022

Business leaders in San Diego County feel the economy is doing well despite concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. While some types of business typically bustling in San Diego like tourism are taking some time to come back because of continuing pandemic concerns, companies in the biotechnology and medical device fields are gaining ground as is the craft brewing industry.

Whimsical Messages Help Draw Curious to Hotel Row Property

TOURISM: Historic Town & Country Resort Gets $100M Makeover

Before it underwent a $100 million renovation, the Town & Country hotel in Mission Valley was attracting notices that did little to attract guests.

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