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TOURISM AND MEDIA

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Manhattan Transfer to Island Hotel; Ham & Keller Refine Focus

Gerard Widder, new GM of the Irvine Company’s Island Hotel, arrives in Newport Center with experience from several high-end Manhattan establishments, including a tenure in the same post for the flagship W.

Latino Shop Branches Further Into General Market

MEDIA: Casanova Pendrill TV ad straddles audiences

Casanova Pendrill’s idea for Nature Valley’s new TV ad was big enough to cross the boundaries of the Latino audience it was initially intended for. That also meant stepping on the turf of McCann Erickson, its sister agency, which handles the brand’s general market account.

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Disneyland-Area Hotel Sold for $32.5M

Chesapeake Lodging Trust said it sold the 153-room Courtyard Anaheim at Disneyland Resort for $32.5 million, or about $212,000 per room.

OC’s First Din Tai Fung and Other Worthy Food Adventures

Chinese Dumpling House Delights With Each Morsel

Din Tai Fung, the famed Chinese dumpling house, opened two weeks ago at South Coast Plaza (entrance on the upper level next to Sears). I surmise that, having heard the buzz about its international reputation, the crowds will flow.

Segerstrom Center’s Street Smarts

Education Programs Aim for Neighborhoods

Luis Castillo experienced something entirely new when he was touched by the Summer at the Center program back in 1994.

Newport Beach Hotel Software Specialist in China Buy

HOSPITALITY: Healthcare, restaurants, golf also clients

A Newport Beach-based software provider that specializes in the hospitality industry expanded its operations in China last week with the acquisition of a company in Singapore.

Billabong to Sell Swell.com in Irvine

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

Kia Hamsters Bring on Geek Chic With New Ad

Brains, Female Enter Mix Of Popular Marketing Stars

Ever wonder who designed Kia Motors America Inc.’s first electric vehicle?

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$1 Million Grand Prize in Wienerschnitzel Sweepstakes

Wienerschnitzel is offering $1 million as the grand prize in its latest “Cash in on a Corn Dog” sweepstakes.

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July Traffic Ekes Up at JWA; Int’l Down

John Wayne Airport said passenger traffic rose slightly in July 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Downtown Santa Ana’s Next Act

Food Hall Latest Twist for East End

The developer who’s driving downtown Santa Ana’s makeover is doubling down on dining.

Blizzard Plays Cards Right With Hearthstone

TECHNOLOGY: Free game on pace to bring in $100M in 1st year

Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s first foray into free-to-play video games is turning into a big moneymaker.

Gallegos Crosses Over for Milk Board’s Campaign

MARKETING: Works on par with Goodby on $20M effort

Grupo Gallegos has crossed over the demographic divide to work hand in hand with one of the best-known agencies in advertising on the California Milk Processor Board’s new $20 million ad campaign.

Entertainment Company Anticipates Reaction to Film

MEDIA: Main Street Films hopeful about latest flick

Main Street Films Inc. had a big weekend.

Trace3 Names New Chief Executive

Irvine-based IT consultancy and service provider Trace3 promoted Tyler Beecher to chief executive.