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2017 Year in Review: Hospitality & Tourism

Top o’ the pops this year was every one of the 200,000 new square feet at Anaheim Convention Center and attendant growth in area hotel activity.

Philharmonic Society’s Mangum Departs

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County said John Mangum, its president and artistic director, is leaving the group this spring to be executive director and chief executive of the Houston Symphony.

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CES 2018: D-Link Gets More Connected

D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley introduced several connected-home devices this week in Las Vegas at the CES consumer electronics show.

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Blizzard’s eSports League Signs Twitch Deal

Overwatch League matches will be broadcast on Twitch, the two said today.

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OC Hotel Development Down in 2017

Fewer and smaller hotels opened in Orange County last year, Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine said.

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CES 2018: Insteon Pairs With Google Products

Irvine-based Insteon said its line of connected home devices is compatible with Google Assistant-enabled products, such as Google Home speakers and select Android and Apple smartphones.

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Long Beach Airport to Get Hawaii Route

Hawaiian Airlines plans to fly daily from Long Beach Airport to Honolulu starting June 1.

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Bren was Pitch Perfect

The Business Journal has selected Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren as its Business Person of the Year.

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JWA November Traffic, Flights Up

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic and commercial flights in November were each up 0.9% year-over-year.

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New Boss for Visit Dana Point

Jonny Westom was named executive director of Visit Dana Point, to replace Sean Keliiholokai.

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OC Fair Folk Land Cirque for 10 Years

Orange County Fair & Events Center will ink a 10-year deal to host Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas on its grounds in Costa Mesa, with five shows slated for production in that time.

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PHG to Exit Balboa Bay

Irvine-based hotel owner-operator Pacific Hospitality Group Ventures Inc. won’t co-run Balboa Bay Resort, Balboa Bay Club, and Newport Beach Country Club after March 2018.

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Perry New Segerstrom Board Chair

Mark Perry on Jan. 1 will become the new chairman of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts board of directors, succeeding John Ginger.

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Island Hotel Changes Name

Island Hotel changed its name to Fashion Island Hotel.

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Hyatt Regency Near JWA on the Way

The former Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is being renovated and will be reflagged as a Hyatt Regency in early 2018.

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OC Sports Marketer, Ex-Pro Moon Named in Suit

One of Orange County’s most recognized marketing firms is at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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