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Building Blocks

Convention Center Space Spurs Business BumpThe 200,000-square-foot expansion of Anaheim Convention Center that opens Sept. 26 is the result of three to five years of wrangling, funding and construction—and the biggest new effort of several the area will get stretching forward another three to five.

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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Core Capital, Brighton in SD Hotel Deal

Brighton Management bought the 150-room Hyatt Place in Vista from Core Capital Management LLC for $27 million.

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JWA Up in October

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic rose 1.4% in October to 931,000 year-over-year.

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New GM for PHG AC Hotel NOLA

Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group named Kenneth Jacques general manager of its AC Hotel in New Orleans; he replaces Skip Adams, now GM at a Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

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Emerald Buys Hosted B2B Shows

Emerald Expositions (NYSE: EEX) in San Juan Capistrano bought Connecting Point Marketing Group in Rye, N.H., on undisclosed terms.

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Shanghai Surprise: Disney Parks Boss at Head of CEO Line

Bob Chapek, head of the Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts division, is viewed as the successor to Bob Iger, according to Bloomberg News, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

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OC Hyatts Get New Area VP

Hyatt Hotels Corp. named David Nadelman general manager at Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove and vice president over six other high-end hotels with 4,500 rooms in Southern California.

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Long Beach Airport Up 25% in October

Long Beach Airport’s passenger traffic shot up 25% to 330,000 in October from 265,000 in the same period last year.

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Chargers Pick Pacific Premier

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: PPBI), signed a multiyear partnership with the National Football League’s Los Angeles Chargers.

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Eight Feted for National Philanthropy Day

Association of Fundraising Professionals—OC honored eight of the county's outstanding givers at a National Philanthropy Day today before a lunch crowd of 680 at City National Grove in Anaheim.

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LA Times Site Sells for $65M

The owners of the Costa Mesa creative office complex that holds the headquarters of the Los Angeles Chargers have picked up an even larger redevelopment site next door.

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Study: OC Tourism a $20.5B Business

Orange County Visitors Association said a study it commissioned showed tourism providing $20.5 billion in economic impact to the county last year.

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Lido House GM Confirmed

Lido House officially named Adam Beer its general manager.

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