OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
Various Alternatives Can Riff Off Local Hotels
Corporate meetings are commonly held at hotels and resorts, but independent OC event spaces with no formal ties to hotels have opened this year or increased efforts to offer a change of scenery for out-of-town guests or to tap local businesses that aren’t looking for an overnight stay.
Orange County hotels and resorts this year have followed technological trends in the industry to enhance meetings and conventions offerings.
Orange County hotels and resorts this year have followed technological trends in the industry to enhance meetings and conventions offerings. Wider hospitality choices are aimed at better operations and the experience guests have when staying at a property—from moving operations to the cloud and internal apps that bring employees to where they’re needed. The “Internet of Things,” encourages guests to post live videos or “selfies” to their social media accounts, and giving them the ability to text the valet to retrieve their cars. Smartphone technology allows guests to pay bills and open hotel room doors. A recent industry conference guided executives to advise hoteliers to think of themselves in part as technology companies. A hotel in Cupertino—of course—has used robots to deliver items to rooms, and another has tried out the devices to sort luggage. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked local hotels and resorts about technology they’ve added this year in general and specifically for meetings and conventions. Edited excerpts of their responses follow:
Visit Anaheim, Convention Center, 3 Hotels Together
Staff from Visit Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Center, and the city’s three biggest hotels within walking distance of the convention halls—Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott and Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort—have traveled four times in 90 days to bring convention business to the city and have scheduled two more jaunts for the fall.
First of Four-Year Run For ‘Flavor Experience’
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa drew 500 restaurant and food service company executives in early August to The Flavor Experience conference in the inaugural year of a four-year stint at the property.
This list of conventions, trade and consumer shows, and other happenings includes events scheduled from Aug. 24, 2015, through July 31, 2016.
50M SF Planned in US, Fewer Options at Home
A handful of Orange County developers are at the forefront of a big push to build dozens of cutting-edge distribution and warehouse buildings across the country.
The Orange County industrial market continued to perform well, building on the positive momentum experienced earlier in the year.
The Orange County economy continues expanding, as most jobs lost during the economic downturn seem to have been recovered, and most sectors show healthy growth.
Bryan Cave’s Irvine Office Cultivates Mutual Regard
Bryan Cave LLP’s Irvine office projects a sense of elegance mingled with calm.
New Home Co. Starts With Foundation of Camaraderie
Joan Marcus-Colvin’s life irrevocably changed on June 17, 2014, when her husband of 27 years, John, was struck by a car and killed while riding his bicycle near their Laguna Beach home while training for an Ironman Triathlon.
Bisnar Chase Cultivates Respect, Appreciation
A plot was brewing at the law office of Bisnar Chase in Newport Beach.
The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work lists are the result of months of surveying workers and managers at local employers.
A diversity of business sectors, ample capital held by investor groups, and demographic factors are some key drivers behind a robust mergers-and-acquisitions scene in Orange County. The fast pace of M&A activity means professional services providers, such as accountants, are in high demand to carry out sound due-diligence procedures and provide guidance. The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local accounting firm executives to share their thoughts on M&A activity in Orange County, as well as to discuss expectations for future trends and client concerns. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:
Employment Up 4.4%, Top Spots Unchanged
Orange County’s largest accounting firms combined to grow the sector’s local workforce by about 4% over the past year, marking the fourth straight year of modest gains.