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Legoland Looks to Build on Successes With New Attractions

PARK: Castle-Themed Hotel Is Expected To Open in 2018Owner Merlin Entertainments has invested millions in a steady stream of new attractions at Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad over the past five years, and the theme park’s operators expect changes to keep coming well into the next decade.

By Lou Hirsh September 15, 2016 3:32 p.m.   $$ Share

Business Calendar for September 26, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of September 26, 2016, and beyond.

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RAR Hospitality Adds New San Marcos Hotel to Its Portfolio

Hotel management and consulting firm RAR Hospitality Inc. has assumed management duties at the new 116-room Fairfield Inn & Suites in San Marcos, which is under construction and slated for a January 2017 opening.

Bowl Game Association Realizes It’s Time for New Game Plan

SPORT: Group Will Use Money, Marketing And Events to Draw Fans

The RedCoats aren’t just coming, they’re going to knock on your door harder than ever this year.

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Chuze Hopes Discount Users Pump Up Premium Memberships

SPORT: Private Equity Backs Expansion; Gym Stresses Customer Service

The early life of locally based gym chain Chuze Fitness can be summed up in its discount pricing strategy: Sure there’s more to the company’s approach, but mainly it grew by charging the relatively low price of $9.99 per month, or $20 for premium memberships, to attract large numbers of customers.

Chargers Not on Hotels’ Highlight Reels

TOURISM: Football Fails to Score for Local Sector

National Football League games had a net $77 million impact on U.S. hotel revenue in 2015 — on par with the average $75 million seen over the past eight seasons — although the impact in San Diego was slightly negative, the research firm STR reported.

San Diego Hotels Post 3.7 Percent Revenue Rise in First 8 Months

San Diego County hotels saw total revenue rise 3.7 percent from a year ago in the first eight months of 2016, topping $1.86 billion, even as occupancy dipped 0.3 percent to 79 percent, according to the latest monthly data from research firm STR.

The Business Calendar for the Week of September 19, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of September 19, 2016, and beyond.

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Unusual Biotech Booster Enjoys Having a Lot on Her Plates

BIOTECH: Restaurateur Serves as Host, ‘Translator’ And Ambassador for Sector

In San Diego’s biotech world, there’s a name that circulates often: Amanda Caniglia, the lively café owner in Torrey Pines who’s shifted from outsider to industry insider.

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Construction Begins on $127.8M Airport Parking Plaza

San Diego International Airport has begun construction on a $127.8 million parking plaza at Terminal 2, slated to open in time for summer travel in 2018.

Business Calendar for Week of September 12, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of September 12, 2016, and beyond.

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Work Beginning on New Carté Hotel in Downtown San Diego

A Sept. 9 ground-breaking is planned for Carté Hotel & Suites San Diego, a new 240-room downtown hotel being built at a cost of approximately $62 million.

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Festival Provides Prime Product Placement

ECONOMY: KAABOO Hits Demographic Bull’s-Eye

San Diego companies are prepared to broaden their name recognition and get their products into new customers’ hands this month at KAABOO, a three-day music festival in Del Mar that is ready to kick off its second year with a commitment to return for an additional four years.

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Harrah’s Resort Names Pilant to Succeed Beronio as GM

Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center has appointed Darrell Pilant to be its next general manager. Pilant will succeed Janet Beronio, who is retiring later this month after serving as senior vice president and general manager since 2003.

Tourism Authority, Hotel-Motel Association Oppose Measures C, D

The San Diego Tourism Authority and the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association have issued a joint statement opposing both November ballot measures that call for hikes in the city’s hotel taxes.