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TOURISM–Revenues Place S.D. Among Favored Lodging Markets

Bristol Hotel’s Exterior Makeover Nearly Complete

San Diego is among the country’s favorable lodging markets, according to New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The city got the designation in part because the market’s growth in revenue per available room, commonly referred to as RevPAR, exceeded U.S. RevPAR growth in the past two years, according to a study from the company’s hospitality and leisure group.

Also, the local market’s cumulative supply growth between March 2000 and December 2002 is expected to fall below the U.S. cumulative supply of 10 percent, Pricewaterhouse said.

Other markets in which this was true included Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. The study was done on the country’s 20 largest lodging markets.

A forecast released by Pricewaterhouse in May predicted strong U.S. RevPAR growth this year, and a slowing in 2001.

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New Look: Look for a new exterior to be completed this month at the Bristol Hotel on First Avenue, which is undergoing a $3 million renovation throughout this year.

The 102-room property, which is owned by the International Hotel Association Hotel Group in San Francisco, is managed by Greystone Hospitality, also based in the Bay area.

According to a representative, the hotel was built in the late 60s and was last renovated in 1993. Changes to the hotel’s exterior include a newly resurfaced exterior wall and new signage and lighting.

An estimated $750,000 has been spent so far on infrastructure, such as a new fire alarm system, said a hotel spokeswoman.

Local company Eric C. Epifano Construction is directing the renovation. It’s their fourth such project with the International Hotel Association, a spokeswoman said.

Reservations Online: An online restaurant reservation company based in the Bay Area is expanding its network to San Diego.

The service, free for diners, is supported by restaurants, which pay to be on the Web site and to have an updated electronic touch-screen reservation book.

The restaurants pay $500 for installation and training and then $100 a month for Internet support and listings. The restaurants then pay $1 per head per each Internet reservation.

OpenTable.com’s current restaurants signed up include Bandar, Chive, Napa Valley Grille, Piatti, Rei do Gado and Tapenade.

Other restaurants that will be added in the next few weeks are El Agave, Lila’s Urban Tapas, Pamplemousse Grille, Restaurant Vignola, and Sbicca.

Reservations on the system are cross-referenced by cuisine, location and price range.

According to the company, the service also allows the restaurants to build a customer database that can be used to develop target market information.

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Checking In: Local singer-turned-national star Jewel will be one of the main performers at the annual music festival Street Scene in September. … SeminarSource.com was hired to provide live broadcasts of sessions of the American Bar Association’s annual meeting, which will take place in London this year. Information on what the SeminarSource will be paid was not available. A Denver-based “Fresh Mexican” fast-food chain opened its first restaurant in San Diego. The new Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant opened July 21 in La Jolla. A spokeswoman said newspaper readers in Denver have voted Chipotle the city’s best burrito for seven years running.

The deadline for the next tourism & hospitality column is Aug. 3. Rodrigues can be reached at (858) 277-6359, ext. 107, or via E-mail at trodrigues@sdbj.com.


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