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TOURISM AND MEDIA

Recent and archived news stories on: Airports, Conventions, Entertainment, Hotels, Gaming, Restaurants, Sports, Theme Parks, Travel...
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Spanish-Language Papers Editor Exits

Sandra Baltazar Martínez, managing editor of Spanish-language weeklies La Prensa in Riverside and Excélsior in Orange County, left her post to be a writer and editor for University of California-Riverside’s internal communications department, according to news reports

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Palace Parent Goes Public

Newport Beach-based Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC’s $430 million in debt is expected to be repaid as a result of its parent company’s recent initial public offering.

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OCVA to Nab China MICE

The Orange County Visitors Association in Irvine has added a “Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions” effort to its Beijing office.

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Theme Park Owners Report Results

Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. said revenue at its parks and resorts—a division that includes Disneyland Resort in Anaheim—grew 4% in the company’s most recent quarter to $3.92 billion, up from $3.76 billion in the same period last year.

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Register Names New Senior Editor

Todd Harmonson has been named senior editor at the Orange County Register, succeeding managing editor Donna Wares, according to the Southern California News Group, which oversees the Register.

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NextVR Adds Deal with Live Nation

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality content maker NextVR Inc. has struck a deal with one of the world’s largest event companies to bring “hundreds” of live concerts to fans across the globe through virtual reality.

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Women Feted at Journal Awards

Some 900 attendees gathered at the Business Journal’s 22nd Annual Women in Business Awards, where Lisa Vogel, co-president of RAJ Swim in Tustin, delivered the keynote address encouraging women in business to be open, humble and flexible.

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Top Local Editor to Leave Register

Orange County Register Managing Editor Donna Wares will leave the paper Friday to serve as editorial director for a yet-to-launch online travel enterprise, according to the daily newspaper.

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Orange Coast Magazine Names Editor

Alan Gibbons will take over as editor-in-chief of Orange Coast Magazine on May 16.

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Anaheim Hotelier in 2nd SD Buy

An affiliate of Anaheim-based Marwaha Group Inc. bought the 94-room TownePlace Suites hotel in Vista from Carlsbad-based TMACK Melrose LLC for $15 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

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Auction of Baseball Rules Sets Record

Baseball’s oldest rule book fetched a record $3.2 million this weekend as part of the 2016 Spring Premier auction run by Laguna Niguel-based SCP Auctions.

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PHG to Add 145 Rooms in Napa

Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group plans to break ground April 29 on a four-story, 145-room hotel across the street from its Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, according to a local news report.

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JWA Numbers Up Again

John Wayne Airport handled 907,000 passengers in March, a 9% increase compared with 832,000 in the same month last year.

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Busch Family Gives $15M

The Busch Family Foundation in Irvine gave $15 million to Catholic University of America, news reports said.

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Anaheim Advances $209M Hotel

Anaheim’s Planning Commission on Monday approved plans for a 580-room hotel at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Disney Way, which sends the proposal to the city council to consider on May 17.