Orange County Business Journal

TOURISM AND MEDIA

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Olson In $103M Deal on 3 Hotels

REAL ESTATE: Development push extends to Silicon Valley

Irvine-based R.D. Olson Development is under contract to sell a trio of its recently built hotels here for $103 million to a Virginia-based investor.

Local Tech Covers Spread in Vegas

Games, Drones & Automobiles

The diversity of Orange County’s technology sector was on full display in Las Vegas for the International CES convention last week, as chipmakers, smart-products manufacturers, component suppliers, and the biggest auto brand based here launched products and teased others in development.

St. Regis Show Adds to OC’s Stature as Center of Swimwear

APPAREL: Summer in January for labels, buyers at Monarch Beach

Major swimwear brands and retailers will gather this week for the Swim Collective at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, sipping on bubbly and looking for sales.

Q&A

Meetings and conventions venues, which host many events that involve guests eating and drinking, typically experience trends taking place at restaurants in the community, and Orange County is no exception. Local operators observed some similar patterns last year and expect many in common this year. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked a sampling of venue executives about significant food and beverage trends and how the hospitality industry is responding to them in the meetings business arena. Here are edited excerpts of their responses.

How to Mind the Gaps: Teamwork, Planning, Creativity

Hotels Reach Beyond Big Groups to Meet Needs

Going “dark” in the meetings and conventions business is a bad thing.

Local Meetings Clients Won With Shoe Leather, Pizazz

Venues Get Creative, Find Niches to Home in On

Out-of-town groups that book rooms, meeting space, food and beverage, and an interesting evening event or two spend more than 80% of dollars spent on meetings in Orange County.

Hotels Add Little Space, Numerically and Spatially

Up 1.3% As More Small Rooms Meet New Demand

Orange County hotels added little meeting space last year, but what they did bring online came creatively in a market where occupancy and room rates are growing.

OC Tech on Target; Sage Hill’s Science Scholar; Early Picks

Anyone who doubts that science and technology are all over the place—or that Orange County is all over tech—can check our Chris Casacchia’s front-page piece on the CES show in Las Vegas.

Hilton Irvine Sold to Investor in San Jose

HOTELS: $53M estimate for 302-room property near JWA

The Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport has been sold to a San Jose-based investor.

For-Profit University Posts Big Gains, Seeks More in Anaheim

EDUCATION: Draws from ethnic communities here, overseas

A for-profit school in a modest office park in the shadow of Angel Stadium in Anaheim has quietly grown sixfold in three years—and it has its sights on more.

Habit Chain Signs First Overseas Deal

Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. signed its first international expansion deal, an agreement with an area franchiser in the Middle East to develop 50 restaurants in six countries over the next 10 years.

Irvine Hotel Seeks Food Ideas for Chain

The Irvine Marriott will be one of the hotel chain’s first sites to cultivate food and beverage business ideas under a new program for chef-entrepreneurs by Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International Inc.

Newport Beach Promoted in London

The destination marketing organization for Newport Beach is using images gathered by a drone to promote the city at U.S. trade shows and in London.

OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 12-21, 2015

This week's business and other event listings.

HB Startup Olloclip to Pursue $7.5M From Investors

Aims to Increase Brand Awareness, Sales Efforts

Huntington Beach startup olloclip has hired Irvine-based Moss Adams LLP to help the company attract institutional investors.