Orange County Business Journal


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Hotels Drive Disney, Cedar Fair Results

The two companies that own and operate Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park reported higher revenue and income in their most recent quarters, driven partly by a strong hotel market.

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JWA, Alaska Add NorCal, Nevada Flights

Alaska Airlines said it would fly from John Wayne Airport to Santa Rosa, Calif., and Reno/Tahoe, Nevada starting in March

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Blizzard Loses 100K Subscribers

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. posted another subscription loss in its flagship World of Warcraft franchise, but the third-quarter drop was overshadowed by Santa Monica parent Activision Blizzard Inc.’s $5.9 billion takeover of King Digital Entertainment PLC.

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PennySaver Expected Back Online

PennySaver will resurface as an online-only entity in the near future, according to the officials from MonetizeMore, a Victoria, Canada-based company that purchased the PennySaverUSA domains and other intellectual property in a bankruptcy auction held on Sept. 23.

Garden Grove Hyatt Draws Chinese Buyer

REAL ESTATE: Shanghai firm paid $137M for 653-room hotel

An affiliate of one of China’s largest construction companies has purchased the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove for $137 million.

New Flag, Renovation for South Coast Metro Hotel

HOSPITALITY: $5M more for ex-Wyndham near Segerstrom

A $5 million room redo and a new brand for the former Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel in Costa Mesa mark the latest upscale moves in a section of the city’s South Coast Metro district anchored by Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Musco Center Gets Started With Logo

MARKETING: Stylized ‘M’ honors main donors, shows flair

Music has yet to stream through the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, but Chapman University’s newest addition just played its first visual note—a signature-like logo that fuses outlines of the letter “M” with movements of a conductor’s baton.

Recent Restaurant Closing No Surprise, Another Sad

Tamarind Dashed Hopes, Scott’s Ends on High Note

Double bombshells hit diners in the past month with the sudden closing of Tamarind of London at Newport Coast and news that Scott’s would be closing at the end of the year.

Ad Agency Sets Upcoming Shopping Center Apart

Spots Show HB Affords ‘Real’ Vibe to Pacific City

Pacific City in Huntington Beach is scheduled to open to the public on Nov. 7, according to its developer, DJM Capital Partners in San Jose.

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Register Parent Files for Chapter 11

Freedom Communications Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California.

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Kia Nets NBA All-Star Deal

Kia Motors Corp.’s logo will appear on player jerseys during the National Basketball Association’s next two All-Star games—in Toronto in 2016 and Charlotte, N.C. in 2017.

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JWA September Traffic Up 11%

John Wayne Airport said more than 844,000 passengers passed through its gates in September, 11% more than in the same period last year, when about 761,000 passengers flew in and out of Orange County.

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Newport Beach Tourism Tallies $1B

The city of Newport Beach saw 7 million visitors who spent $1 billion in the 12 months ended June 30, said the city’s destination marketing group Newport Beach & Co.

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UCI Graduate Business Program Makes List

University of California-Irvine is ranked No. 31 on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of full-time master’s in business degree programs.

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Hotel Manager Gets Equity, New Name

Newport Beach hospitality management company Unique Hotels & Resorts added an equity partner and launched a new company, Karas Lifestyle Hotels, to buy and manage properties.