SD TRAVEL LEISURE

Boutique Hotel Wins Int'l Design Award

Real Estate: $30M Monsaraz Hotel Debuts in Point Loma

Point Loma’s new Monsaraz Hotel has won an international award for its design, which is meant to reflect the Portuguese heritage of its neighborhood.

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Cruising to Success

COVID-19 Pandemic Served to Build Adam Martindale’s Business

Perhaps no business sector was harder hit during the COVID-19 pandemic than the cruise and travel industry.

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Jamul Casino Hires Veteran CIO

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Jamul Casino has hired Ram Patrachari as its new chief information officer. With more than two decades of IT and casino management experience, Patrachari is a sought-after gaming technology industry expert.

A Beachfront Renaissance in North County

TOURISM: ‘Smart’ Tourism Fuels Growth in Oceanside

After more than a decade of repair and rebuilding, Oceanside officials say their beachfront renaissance is finally shifting into high gear. And the city’s travel-based economy shows it – growing by nearly 70% in the past year even amid the pandemic.

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Airspace Fueled for Global Expansion

LOGISTICS: $70M Round Grows AI

Carlsbad-based logistics tech company Airspace is fueled up and ready for takeoff. On May 25, the company announced it had landed a $70 million funding round to expand its global operations and sustainability goals.

Chapin Returns to The Op with New Directions

ENTERTAINMENT: Board Game Manufacturer Expands Into Digital, Television

Dane Chapin describes himself as a lifelong “serial entrepreneur.” So it came as no surprise when he stepped away from Usaopoly (The Op), a successful board game company he founded with his sisters in 1994, to pursue other business opportunities.

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Film Studio Putting Rainbow on the Map

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie Making Comes to North County

A former caterer, David Biber, has built a film studio on a five-acre ranch – Hidden Oaks Ranch & Studio - in the North County community of Rainbow.

Vintage La Jolla Hotel Gets a Makeover

REAL ESTATE: Oceanic Enterprises Completes $4.5M Renovation

A La Jolla hotel has undergone a $4.5 million renovation by Oceanic Enterprises, giving it an art deco flavor along with a new name.

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South County in Midst of Development Boom

REAL ESTATE: $1.35B Bayfront Project is Centerpiece

South County is in the midst of an economic boom that shows no signs of easing, although rising interest rates have caused a few jitters.

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WestJet Restarts Nonstop Service to Vancouver

WestJet has resumed seasonal nonstop service between San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Vancouver, British Columbia's Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

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Business Travel, Conventions Revving Back Up

TOURISM: Nearly 4M Passengers Fly into San Diego in Q1

While leisure travel has rebounded strongly in 2022, local tourism officials say business travel and convention business is also starting to perk up. But a full recovery may still be two to three years away.

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Cross Street: Where Chicken Meets Beer in San Diego

RESTAURANTS: Business ‘A Labor of Love’ for Old Friends

Best friends going into the restaurant business together can be a recipe for disaster. But that has not been the case for Tommy Nguyen and Wilson To, co-founders of local restaurant Cross Street Chicken and Beer, which has three locations around San Diego.

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French-Vietnamese Taste Combo Hooks Patrons at Kingfisher

RESTAURANTS: Phan Sisters Create Food Fusion

At first glance, it might seem odd that Kingfisher Cocktail Bar & Eatery, a restaurant that opened in January in Golden Hill, marries the culinary styles of two quite diverse countries, partnering ingredients favored by chefs from France and those from Vietnam.

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San Diego Zoo Names New Executive Director

TOURISM: Erika Kohler, Former Interim ED, Gets Nod

As a child growing up in Macomb in west central Illinois, Erika Kohler was moved by the compassionate actions of a local man who was part of a second family to her.

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Performance Center is ‘A Dream Come True’

DESIGN: Southwestern College Debuts New $66M Facility

Designed by Tucker Sadler Architects, a new $66 million Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College in Chula Vista took its cue from ancient Mayan cities, including its soaring roofline and giant sun glyph.

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