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Holiday Bowl Canceled for 2020

Over the last decade, the Holiday Bowl has averaged $31 million in economic impact and more than 28,000 hotel room nights annual for San Diego.

Airbnb generated nearly $700M for San Diego in 2019

The figures are based on internal Airbnb data and a 2020 survey of guests that booked a stay or activity in San Diego last year.

Convoy Pan Asian District in Line for Formal Recognition

The city of San Diego is poised to designate a dining and shopping destination in Kearny Mesa as the Convoy Pan Asian Business Innovation District.

Opera, Symphony Partner For Drive-In Event

Expect between 500 and 800 Vehicles Per Night

The San Diego Opera, which produces three grand operas per year during normal times, hasn’t played a revenue-producing concert since mid-March. That is about to change.

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Airport Authority Hosts Virtual “Meet the Primes” Event

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will host its annual “Meet the Primes” event virtually this year.

Grain & Grit to Open Ghost Kitchen

Samwiches and Samburgers Will Be First Concepts at Seaport Village

Grain & Grit Collective, the Little Italy-based hospitality group, continues to break barriers in the local culinary world.

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar Names New General Manager

In his new post, Michael O'Donohue will be responsible for managing the overall team and operations, performance and strategic direction.

Del Mar Fairgrounds Launches Drive-in Concert Series

ENTERTAINMENT: Teams With Production Co. to Host Events Through January

After postponing the 2020 San Diego County Fair in April and cancelling most of its 300-plus planned events for the year, the Del Mar Fairgrounds has pivoted to innovative ventures in order to generate revenue.

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San Diego Named No. 7 Best Large City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler

San Diego has been named the 7th best large city in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler.

Tourism Authority Rolls Out ‘Yay WeekYays’ Campaign

LODGING: Program Encourages Hotel Stays During Weeknights

With conventions and group meetings at a standstill due to COVID-19, the San Diego Tourism Authority is aiming to encourage vacationers to stay in San Diego hotels during the middle of the week.

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Restaurant Week Pivots to ‘Dine Diego’ Initiative

HOSPITALITY: Month-long Event Encourages Locals to Eat Out

Running Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Dine Diego will take the place of San Diego Restaurant Week. Its goal is to encourage San Diegans to eat out and support participating restaurants in droves, and subsequently create work for servers, cooks, farmers, suppliers and other affected groups.

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Partnership Launches Gift Card Program

Raises More Than $50,000 for Participating Restaurants

In line with its mission to support and promote downtown businesses, the Downtown San Diego Partnership is helping the area’s restaurants improve their bottom lines during the pandemic.

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Restaurants Dish Out Big Bucks for Parklets

HOSPITALITY: Operators Pay Up to $40,000 to Create Outdoor Dining Space

San Diego restaurants with little to no outdoor dining options aren’t letting COVID-19 restrictions get in the way of generating business. A handful of operators throughout the county have opted to build out expansive — and, in some cases, expensive — parklets to make up for a lack of al fresco eating space.

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MLB Playoffs At Petco Park

SPORTS: ‘Bubble’ Baseball Brings Benefits

San Diego will have national exposure during the upcoming Major League Baseball playoffs, but it will not be the San Diego Padres playing at Petco Park.

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Comic-Con Museum is Set to Open in Summer 2021

TOURISM: Nonprofit Has Reached Halfway Mark of $34M Funding Goal

San Diego will finally open the doors to the highly anticipated Comic-Con Museum next summer.

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