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Hotel Owners Trade Big Brands for Local FocusA range of Orange County hotels are declaring independence, testing the potential and limits of a hot hotel market and foregoing the regular business a brand can bring.

By Paul Hughes June 13, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Coastal SoCal Magazine on Horizon

Firebrand Media LLC in Laguna Beach will launch Pacific Coast magazine in September to cover the “iconic West Coast lifestyle” from Baja to British Columbia, according to Chief Executive Steve Zepezauer.

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JWA Traffic Up in May

John Wayne Airport had nearly 950,000 passengers in May—up 13% compared with the same month last year, when about 840,000 passengers passed through its gates.

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China-Based Hotel Buyer in GG Resort Deal

SCG America has been named to develop the Grove District Hotel Resort Development, a stalled 5-acre resort with up to 769 rooms and 39,000 square feet of meeting space in Garden Grove, a press release said.

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Ex-Freedom Exec Spitz to Mercury

Eric Spitz, the former president and chairman of Freedom Communications, has opened an Orange County office for New York-based Mercury, a public relations firm known for work in politics and public affairs.

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HB Tourism Strong in 2015

Visit Huntington Beach reported a strong year for tourism and hotels in the city for 2015.

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Visit HB to Market ‘Soul of SoCal’

Visit Huntington Beach plans to promote Surf City USA under the phrase, ‘The Soul of SoCal.’

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Slapfish Plans 50 Sites

Slapfish LLC plans franchised locations in six states.

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Knott’s Eyes Land for Parking

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park plans to buy 1.1 acres for $250,000 as part of a $5 million expansion of its Soak City water park by May 2017.

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PHG in Deals for AC Irvine, Tempe

An affiliate of Irvine’s Pacific Hospitality Group is in deals for two AC Hotels—a 176-room property currently under construction at the Park Place mixed-use campus near John Wayne Airport and a recently opened location in Tempe, Ariz.—from Woodbine Development Corp. and USAA.

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Ubiquity Names CTO

Irvine-based technology-focused media company Ubiquity Inc. appointed Jonathan Kalbfeld as chief technology officer, effective July 18, replacing Kristain Sandburg.

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FivePoint to Sponsor Concert Venue’s Last Season

FivePoint Holdings in Aliso Viejo said it will sponsor the final concert series at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater and is also exploring building an amphitheater on the south end of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

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Family-Owned Firms Feted

About 390 people attended the Business Journal’s 17th Family Owned Business Awards luncheon at Hotel Irvine on Tuesday.

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Dana Point DMO to Hire Chief

Visit Dana Point plans to hire an executive director by summer’s-end, according to Board Chairman Jim Samuels, general manager of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.

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Ad Agency Adds Exec

Huntington Beach-based Grupo Gallegos created a new management post to be shared between an in-house executive and a new hire, effective July 18.

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Newport Beach PE Firm Buys in NY

Newport Beach-based private equity firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC has agreed to purchase $2 million in stock in Burn Entertainment Corporation, a New York media entertainment company that focuses on cannabis.