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TOURISM AND MEDIA

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Volcom’s New Ambassador Pick Stirs Brand’s Fans

Mick Jagger’s Daughter Considered Weak Choice

Volcom LLC, looking to shed its surf-only brand image, hired Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall to be the Costa Mesa-based footwear and apparel manufacturer’s new global brand ambassador.

Slyde Handboards Gears Up for Summer Sales Tour

‘Shark Tank’ Investment, Beach Cleanup Lift Brand

A startup that created a brand of handboards, a one-handed surfboard that straps to a surfer’s hand for bodysurfing, started its summer tour over Memorial Day weekend.

Surge of Hotel Development

More Than 7,000 Rooms Proposed in Four Cities

The four Orange County cities with the heaviest volume of hotel construction are seeing a divergence in the type of properties being built there and the sorts of guests the hotels will target.

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Ubiquity Restructures

Nicholas Mitsakos today was named interim chief executive of Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc. as part of its corporate restructuring.

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Knott’s Plans New Soak City Slides

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park said it plans to begin building two new slide structures at its Knott’s Soak City water park and open them next summer.

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Ubiquity to Spin Off Production Work

Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc., a technology-focused media company, will spin off its Ubiquity Studios.

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Blizzard-Facebook Tie-In

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. today announced a partnership with Facebook Inc. that aims to connect millions of gamers while boosting content on the world’s largest social network.

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Automaker’s Research Indicates NBA Ties Lift Brand

Kia Motors America Inc. is playing some impressive moves on the sponsorship court.

Palace Boss Adds Top Job at Parent Company in Spain

HOSPITALITY: Move came as Parques Reunidos prepped IPO

Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC President and Chief Executive Fernando Eiroa has taken on chief executive duties at its parent company.

Stance Socks Get Spot in MLB Lineup

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. now provides the official Major League Baseball sock.

Knott’s Hires Ex-Disneyland Executive

Jon Storbeck was named vice president and general manager at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park.

Angels Enlist Ad Agency Help

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Santa Ana-based Amusement Park to create a campaign targeting “women and other groups typically outside the scope of MLB marketing.”

Fresh Eatery Arranges Its Plates in Agreeable Row

Ironwood Impresses With Unexpected Food, Facility

Ironwood in Laguna Hills opened only a month ago, and we have been busy introducing friends via word of mouth and by taking them there. It’s rare for me to keep wanting to return to the same restaurant—there are just too many places I need to try, and there’s only one of me. To say that Patrick and I are quite taken by Ironwood would certainly be an understatement, and we are enjoying our multiple visits a lot.

Redone SCP Rolex Boutique Mimics Ocean’s Waves

2,100-SF Shop Opens With Exhibit on Grant Recipients

Rolex helped watch retailer Baron & Leeds celebrate the reopening of its 2,100-square-foot boutique at South Coast Plaza with a photo and video exhibit showcasing Rolex Awards for Enterprise recipients in the Costa Mesa-based shopping center’s Jewel Court.