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Naming Rights Agreement Extended for Valley View Casino Center

Valley View Casino & Hotel and AEG announced a multiyear extension of the naming rights agreement for Valley View Casino Center at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.

By Steve Adamek March 31, 2015 1:48 p.m.   Share
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Local Cruise Business Appears to Be Moving in Right Direction

TOURISM: Improving Atmosphere, Economy in Mexico Will Boost Travel

It won’t soon become the economic juggernaut that it was in pre-recession days, when it supported 3,000 jobs and generated an estimated $300 million annually for the region’s economy, but port calls and other indicators suggest a distinct recovery in the making for San Diego’s long-ailing cruise ship industry.

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Boffo Experience Drives High-End Niche

HOSPITALITY: Companies Furiously Updating Theaters

Fresh out of college in 1993, Adolfo Fastlicht joined with three friends in Mexico City to form Cinemex, taking on several longer-established Mexican theater chains to eventually offer a more upscale, luxury version of moviegoing.

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New Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Opening at Old Town

Operators before year’s end plan to open the new Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town, billed by the developer as the first completely new hotel to be built in Old Town in more than 12 years.

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New Restaurant with Horse Race Betting Opens in Downtown San Diego

Sportech Venues California, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Sportech PLC, has opened Striders, a new downtown San Diego restaurant and high-end lounge where guests can legally wager on horse racing.

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Port District Approves Lease for InterContinental Hotel at Lane Field Site

Port district commissioners have approved a lease for a planned 400-room luxury InterContinental Hotel, to be developed on the southern portion of the former Lane Field ballpark site in downtown San Diego.

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Airport Selects Design Concept for $2.2 Billion Terminal 1 Project

San Diego International Airport officials have chosen a design concept from among five alternatives for a planned $2.2 billion redevelopment and reconfiguration of the aging Terminal 1.

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Convention Center Board Names Joe Davis as Interim GM

Industry veteran Joe Davis has been appointed to serve as interim general manager of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., the non-profit public benefit corporation that operates the waterfront facility on behalf of the city.

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Travel Magazine Names San Diego/Tijuana Among Top 20 Travel Locales

National Geographic Traveler magazine has named the San Diego/Tijuana binational region among the world’s top 20 travel destinations for 2016, the San Diego Tourism Authority announced.

Business Calendar for Week of November 23, 2015

Some of the upcoming business events planned in the county for the end of the year.

Holiday Bowl Is Still Looking for Sponsor

The Holiday Bowl is still on the hunt for a named sponsor with less than six weeks to go before the Dec. 30 kickoff.

Valley View Casino Center Ups Its Game With New Amenities

ENTERTAINMENT: Venue Aims to Deliver Fans A ‘Staples Center Experience’

The Valley View Casino Center, older than the aging Qualcomm Stadium, was due for a facelift. Besides the name change from the San Diego Sports Arena and the installation of LCD screens at the entrances, the exterior hasn’t changed much since the venue opened in 1966.

Supporters of Hotel Tax Hike Launching Signature Drive

Supporters of a ballot initiative seeking to raise the city of San Diego’s hotel tax, to fund potential projects including a convention center expansion, said they plan to begin collecting signatures on Nov. 20.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt Names New GM

Matt Adams has been appointed area vice president and general manager of downtown’s Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, property owner Host Hotels & Resorts announced.

Carlsbad Puts Lagoon Project on Feb. Ballot

DEVELOPMENT: Decision Calls for Special Election

The Carlsbad City Council has voted to place a controversial retail and open-space development planned near the Agua Hedionda Lagoon on the ballot for a special election scheduled for Feb. 23, 2016.

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Port Commissioners Choose Brigantine Plan to Redevelop Anthony’s Site

San Diego port commissioners have approved a staff recommendation favoring Brigantine Inc.’s proposal to redevelop the current downtown waterfront site of the iconic Anthony’s Fish Grotto.