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TOURISM AND MEDIA

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Long Beach Airport FBO Sale Closes

Ross Aviation in Denver closed its purchase of the AirFlite fixed-base operator at Long Beach Airport.

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PHG Plans New Orleans AC Hotel Fix

Pacific Hospitality Group plans to renovate its AC Hotel in New Orleans during a closure that will last six to eight months, a local news report said.

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Blizzard to Start eSports League

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. plans to establish a professional esports league for Overwatch, its team-based shooter game that attracts some 20 million players.

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5 Honored at General Counsel Awards

Some 400 attendees gathered at the Business Journal’s 2016 seventh annual General Counsel Awards festivities on Wednesday evening at the Hotel Irvine.

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Helicopter Operator Adds JWA Space

Revolution Aviation in Newport Beach has nearly doubled its space to store the company's aircraft at John Wayne Airport.

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KOCE to Add Paid Streaming

PBS SoCal KOCE in Costa Mesa plans to add a paid streaming service called to kick-off its 45th anniversary.

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$36M for Two Desert Hotels

An affiliate of local investor Mohammad Honarkar bought a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn Hotel in Palm Desert for $36 million.

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OCTANe Adds Growth Group

OCTANe in Aliso Viejo formed a division it dubbed ‘Growth Services,’ to increase “resources, intelligence, capital and deal flow,” for the group’s members, partners, investors, entrepreneurs and accelerator alumni, Chief Executive Bill Carpou said.

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Toba Co-Leads eSports Investment

Newport Beach-based Toba Capital invested in the booming eSports segment, co-leading a $5 million funding round for a Santa Monica company that runs tournaments and related events for amateur gamers.

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JetSuite Gets JetBlue Investment

JetBlue Airways Corp. took a minority stake in JetSuite Inc. in Irvine.

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NBA Games to Air in VR

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality content maker NextVR Inc. has struck a multi-year deal with NBA Digital in New York to live-stream National Basketball Association games in virtual reality during the upcoming season.

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National Honors for DT Santa Ana

The American Planning Association has named downtown Santa Ana as one of five “Great Neighborhoods” on its annual Great Places in America list.

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Smithsonian Award for Gross

Bill Gross, “The Bond King,” may soon lay claim to being among “the greatest stamp collectors of all time.”

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Interim Venue to Replace Irvine Meadows

Five Point Communities Management Inc. in Aliso Viejo said part of its property bordering Orange County Great Park would be available for the operation of an “interim amphitheater,” pending approval by the city of Irvine.

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Emmis Effort to Go Private Failed

An effort by the chief executive of Emmis Communications Corp. to take the company private has failed.