Orange County Business Journal

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HB Luxury Hotel Adds to Developer’s High-End Tilt

Pacific Hospitality Walks Line Between Resorts and ChainsThis week’s opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach marks the seventh high-end property out of 10 in owner-operator Pacific Hospitality Group’s stable.

By Paul Hughes May 23, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Knott’s Hires Disneyland Vet as VP

Jon Storbeck is the new vice president and general manager of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, effective Monday.

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JWA Traffic Up 8% in April

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic increased about 8% in April compared with the same month last year.

Moro-San’s Mission

Globetrotting Exec Wants to Redefine Mazda

Masahiro Moro—or Moro-san as employees at Mazda North American Operations call him—reclined at his office in Irvine, where a picture of a red RX-Vision concept sports car Mazda Motor Corp. introduced in October at the Tokyo Motor Show hung on the wall directly across from his desk.

Cities, Hoteliers Dig Data When It Comes to Business

Destination Marketers, Others Hunt for Ways to Stand Out

More local cities, marketing groups and hotel companies are using data to decide how to reel in new business.

Q&A

Orange County is known for drawing visitors from across California and the rest of the country—and from many points around the world. Less attention goes to day-trippers, or those who come to Orange County without staying overnight, yet make a significant contribution to the tourism industry. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked some local tourism and hotel executives about the value of what turns out to be a big segment of their business, and how they work to attract day-trippers to the county. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

New Hotel, a Few Room Tweaks, Shuffle Ranks

HOSPITALITY: Great Wolf raises top 50 to 21,508 rooms

There have been a few changes on a list that rarely sees them.

Theme Park Company Buys NY Property

Apex Parks Group LLC in Aliso Viejo bought Martin’s Fantasy Island theme park in Grand Island, N.Y., on undisclosed terms.

Coast Magazine Names Top Editor

Samantha Dunn was named editor of Coast magazine, according to the Southern California News Group, which oversees 11 daily newspapers, several magazines and other entities in Southern California, including the Orange County Register.

Augmented Reality Product Picked for China Pitch

CandyBAR Delivers Images to Mobile Devices

Irvine-based Candy Lab, which has developed an augmented reality product intended to help businesses attract consumers, is one of eight companies selected by the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale to pitch to venture capitalists, angel investors, and government officials in China.

Vietnamese Style, Heritage Celebrated at Fashion Week

Event Showcased SoCal, Vietnam-Based Designers

Viet Fashion Week, showcasing designers of Vietnamese heritage, was held over the weekend outside the Westminster Mall.

Clean Energy Founder Savors Idea of First Profits

Otherwise Laments State Of Overall Fuel Market

Count Clean Energy Fuels Corp. co-founder and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens among the throngs of company backers who thought a profitable quarter would come years ago.

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New Editor for Coast

Samantha Dunn will be the new editor of Coast magazine, according to the Southern California News Group.

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Apex Parks Buys in NY

Apex Parks Group LLC in Aliso Viejo bought Martin’s Fantasy Island theme park in Grand Island, N.Y., on undisclosed terms.

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Spanish-Language Papers Editor Exits

Sandra Baltazar Martínez, managing editor of Spanish-language weeklies La Prensa in Riverside and Excélsior in Orange County, left her post to be a writer and editor for University of California-Riverside’s internal communications department, according to news reports