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TOURISM AND MEDIA

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Ice Cream Shops Plan to Franchise

RESTAURANTS: Farrell’s, Creamistry proceed separately

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants’ parent, Lake Forest-based Parlour Enterprises Inc., and Irvine-based Creamistry separately said they will begin franchising.

Irvine Firm Builds on YouTube Business With New Unit

FINANCE: Semaphore rollout helps ‘Tubers’ brand and more

Irvine-based financial services firm Semaphore is betting on the growing field of YouTube entertainment and its increasing capacity to attract brands to advertise to the younger crowd.

Firms Acquire Stake in Movie Company

Two Orange County-based investment firms have partnered to acquire a majority stake in Mob Scene LLC, an entertainment marketing and production company in Beverly Hills.

Tourism Promoter Teams With 2 Cities

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau said it would integrate sales efforts with two other cities to target meeting professionals for multiyear bookings.

Summer Travel Extended In PacSun-Volcom Campaign

Seeks Photos Illustrating What Fans Are ‘True To’

The summer is all but gone, but two Orange County-based brands are offering a chance to keep it alive in a social media contest.

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New Website for Laguna Beach Hospitality Group

Visit Laguna Beach has a new website.

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Anaheim, Newport Beach on Hospitality Venue List

Anaheim and Newport Beach were among the most-sought U.S. cities for events in the past year, according to a list released by a McLean, Va.-based online database of meetings venues.

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Anaheim Hospitality Group Partners with Baltimore, San Antonio

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau said it would integrate sales efforts with two other cities to target meeting professionals for multi-year bookings.

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Four OC Restaurants in Expo Charity Event

Four Orange County-based restaurant companies will compete in a fundraising food event at the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Wahoo’s Grows Up

Chain Gets Past Downturn, Puts Corporate Vet in Kitchen

Wahoo’s Fish Taco wants to keep it casual for customers even as it tightens up the way the 61-restaurant chain goes about its business.

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Sources Say Harrah Bids $27 Million for Register Building

REAL ESTATE: Lease-back an option for newspaper’s operations

Santa Ana developer Mike Harrah is closing in on a deal to buy the headquarters of the Orange County Register, according to sources.

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Familiar Ties: Mexico-OC Business Remains Strong

Despite Blips, OC Trading Partner Still Number One

Mexico City-based discount airline InterJet ceased flights out of John Wayne Airport on July 19.

Q & A

The 12 largest hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center offer 588,000 square feet of convention space and about 8,200 rooms that can accommodate the big gatherings that converge on the area every year. But space can also be small when necessary. Many hotels and resorts offer space for small groups, whether the traveler or business groups needing a working “staycation” or some privacy. Those clients have specific needs and are willing to spend money for them. The meeting spaces can be as different as the clientele, with everything from the county’s largest hotel to a boutique beachfront experience, with prominent and premium resorts in the mix. Business groups also sometime include guests who have different needs but want the same attention to detail corporate clients require. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked executives at local venues how they serve high-end meetings and conventions guests. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

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Visitor Groups Rebrand for Business, Leisure, More

Changes Mirror National Trends, Cast Wider Net

What’s in a name? A lot more than before for Orange County business and tourist groups.

Laguna Cliffs Inn Goes Local With Renovation Plan

HOSPITALITY: Name change could accompany retro makeover

The new owner of the Laguna Cliffs Inn plans to emphasize what it calls the unique qualities of its location with a $1 million renovation of the 36-room boutique hotel.