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TOURISM AND MEDIA

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2016 YEAR in Review: Hospitality

Our man to monitor—local honcho for Hong Kong-based Wincome Group—kept a low profile but piloted prominent projects to approvals.

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Hyundai Plans ‘Instant Replay’ Super Bowl Ad

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc.’s return to the Super Bowl will include a 90-second documentary filmed during the game that will air right after the final whistle.

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New VP for Irvine Co. Golf

Irvine Company Resort Properties in Newport Beach named Dirk Willis its vice president and general manager of golf to replace the departing Stephen Friedlander.

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PBS Starts Kids Channel Streaming

PBS SoCal KOCE today launched channel and streaming service PBS SoCal KIDS.

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Irvine First in Fiscal Strength

The City of Irvine earned top marks from the Fiscal Times for fiscal strength among U.S. cities.

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JWA Traffic Up 3%

John Wayne Airport served 918,000 passengers in October, up 3% compared with October 2015’s 891,000.

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Pacifica Sells SD Hotel

Pacifica Hotels in Irvine sold the 80-room Sommerset Suites in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego for $19.5 million to Sentre Partners, also in San Diego.

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Developer Sets SJC Hotel Date

Stratus Development Partners in Newport Beach said its Hotel Capistrano project will open in summer 2018.

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Pacifica to Run Boutique Hotel

Pacifica Hotels in Irvine has signed a deal to manage the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica.

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Montage Hotels Takes New Name

Hospitality manager Montage Hotels & Resorts in Irvine changed its name to Montage International.

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$1.2M to Symphony to Engage Chinese Community

The Los Angeles-based James Irvine Foundation awarded another $1.2 million grant to the Orange County-based Pacific Symphony to support efforts to strengthen its commitment to Orange County’s Chinese-American communities through arts engagement.

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Visit Anaheim Starts Show

Visit Anaheim plans to hold its first Sports Express show at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Jan. 11 to 13. The event will draw 15 to 20 sports event organizers and meeting planners, plus attendees from local hotels and cities.

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JWA September Traffic Up

John Wayne Airport moved about 867,000 passengers in September, up 5% over September 2015, when about 824,000 passed through its gates.

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Ubiquity Ordered to Pay $7.7M

A federal judge in Illinois levied a $7.7 million award against Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc. in favor of Gerald North, principal of the former Chicago-based Gerald D.W. North & Associates.

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Autobytel Sells Specialty Product

Autobytel Inc. in Irvine sold its specialty finance leads product to El Segundo-based Internet Brands Inc. for $3.2 million.

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Hotels Manager Adds in Sacramento

Twenty Four Seven Hotels in Newport Beach added a management deal in Sacramento, its second in that market