Orange County Business Journal

TOURISM AND MEDIA

Recent and archived news stories on: Airports, Conventions, Entertainment, Hotels, Gaming, Restaurants, Sports, Theme Parks, Travel...
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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.

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HB Chamber Taps New Chief

James O’Callaghan will be the new president and chief executive of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, effective July 11.

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Digital First Names Group News Chief

Tom Bray, managing editor for the Press-Enterprise, has been named managing editor of news for the entire Southern California News Group.

Master Plan Morphs; Christ Cathedral Draws; Blanning’s CROC

Early take on Dan Young’s decision to step away from the Irvine Company: Donald Bren’s master plan continues to morph into something that increasingly looks like more of an operating company than a developer.

EON Puts $20 Million Into VR Center in Mexico

TECHNOLOGY: Education push includes augmented reality

Irvine-based software maker EON Reality Inc. hopes to keep its growth up by bringing virtual and augmented reality content to the masses through an aggressive international plan centered on education and awareness.