SD TRAVEL LEISURE

$1.94 Billion Bond Sale Funds Airport Expansion

TRANSPORTATION: Airport Authority Details Progress on $3.4 Billion Project

The $3.4 billion project to replace Terminal 1 at San Diego International Airport is progressing on several fronts, with construction begun and new financing in place.

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COVID-19 Forces Last-Minute Cancellation of 2021 Holiday Bowl

The 2021 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, featuring a much-anticipated matchup between UCLA Bruins and North Carolina State Wolfpack, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Sheraton San Diego Completes First Phase of $88M Renovation

Work Focuses on Accommodating Hybrid Meetings

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, a waterfront resort on the San Diego harbor, has completed the first phase of an $88 million renovation.

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Tourism Authority Announces First Cohort for Accelerator

Selection of 10 Participants Reflects Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The San Diego Tourism Authority has selected the first cohort for its diversity, equity and inclusion tourism accelerator.

Gator by the Bay Returns in 2022

EVENTS: Annual Festival to be Held in May

After a two-year hiatus, Gator by the Bay, the annual Louisiana-inspired four-day music and food festival, will return in 2022.

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Hotel Planned in Rebounding Market

Home2 Suites by Hilton Set to Open in San Marcos by 2023

A Mission Valley hotel developer and operator is planning to build a 110-room hotel in San Marcos in a hospitality market that is quickly recovering from the 2020 downturn caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa Under New Management

The property is owned by real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.

Half Interest in Downtown Omni Hotel Sold

Trinity Fund Advisors based in Honolulu has acquired a 50% interest in the Omni San Diego Hotel from JMI Realty. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Latitude 33 Continues Growth Amid Robust Demand

TRANSPORTATION: Private Aviation Co. Grows Charter Hours by 50%

The private jet industry is still booming. New research shows private aviation is set to emerge from the COVID-19 era as much as 10% stronger than it was before the virus.

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New Children’s Museum Names New Executive Director/CEO

She will start effective on January 3, 2022.

SD Sportfishing, Whale Watching Boats Face Looming Regulatory Storm

TOURISM: New Air Board Proposal Threatens Local Operators

California’s Air Board has fired a warning shot across the bow of California’s billion-dollar commercial sport fishing and whale watching businesses.

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Comic-Con Museum Opens in Balboa Park

Up to $3M in Revenue Projected First Year

The long-anticipated Comic-Con Museum has finally opened to the public - albeit in a soft launch.

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Old Town to Open First Food Hall

HOSPITALITY: Urban Market to Include Nine Vendors

Old Town Urban Market, a 7,000 square foot mostly outdoor-seating venue located at Miranda’s Courtyard in the heart of Old Town, is scheduled to open next month.

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Local Hospitality Co. Plans Massive Expansion

RESTAURANTS: Rise & Shine to Open 10 Food Places in the Next Year

After expansion plans were put on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rise & Shine Hospitality Group is gearing up for a massive growth strategy.

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San Diego/Tijuana Named World Design Capital

DESIGN: Economic Impact Estimated at $1.5 Billion

San Diego has been awarded many titles over the years, including the Craft Beer Capital of America and the city of tech start-ups. But as of this month, America’s Finest City has a new global recognition to boast about.

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