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Allegiant Begins Flights Between San Diego and El Paso

Las Vegas-based discount airline Allegiant has launched its previously announced new non-stop service between San Diego International and El Paso, Texas.

Tourism Authority Cites Competition, Urges Continued TMD Funding

Tourism leaders continued to warn against proposed ballot measures aimed at redirecting tourism marketing funds toward a potential downtown hybrid stadium with convention space, at the annual meeting of the San Diego Tourism Authority.

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FitPod Changes the Mix for Your Workout Water Bottle

RETAIL: Product Makes Infusing Supplements A Simpler, Cleaner Task

A product as simple as the plastic water bottle may seem beyond innovative overhaul, but startup founder Joshua Hall has nearly 1,000 customers who say otherwise.

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Tourism Sector Sees Cons in Convadium

TOURISM: Leaders See Plans Ignoring Impact on Visitors

In a sign that battle lines are hardening, tourism and hospitality leaders are warning that plans to hike the city’s hotel taxes, potentially to build a $1.8 billion hybrid downtown San Diego Chargers stadium and convention center, could jeopardize the region’s competitive standing and ability to attract large conventions, costing millions of dollars in economic impact.

Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl Dates Set

Officials with the San Diego Bowl Games announced the dates for the Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl for Dec. 27 and Dec. 21, respectively.

Restored Park Opens at Downtown’s Horton Plaza

Officials of the city and Westfield Corp. officially opened the new Horton Plaza Park in downtown San Diego, debuting with a public ceremony following a $17 million redevelopment of the 1.4-acre property next-door to the Westfield Horton Plaza mall.

Business Calendar for Week of May 2, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of May 2, 2016, and beyond.

San Diego International Airport Traffic Rose 3 Percent in March

San Diego International Airport saw passenger traffic rise 3 percent in March over the same month of 2015, as the facility handled more than 1.7 million arriving and departing travelers.

The Sights and Sounds of Many S.D. Locations Are Co.’s Work

TECH: Audio-Video Co. Is Hands On and Subcontractors Off

Walk into any large public venue in San Diego and it’s likely Pete Spencer had a hand in designing and installing its audio-video system.

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It’s Game On for Both Sides of Stadium Fight

Ballot: Chargers Field Fan Favorites; Other Side Submits Signatures

Two separate campaigns -- aimed at financing a future new downtown San Diego Chargers stadium, expanded convention facilities and possibly post-Chargers civic upgrades in Mission Valley – picked up significant momentum over the past 10 days.

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S.D. Not Waiting To Be Discovered

FILM: City Casts Itself Into The Competition for Shoots

After several re-takes and reboots over the past 40 years, the latest version of San Diego’s film commission is turning to the web — among other reconfigured elements — to boost the region’s profile in the increasingly competitive world of media production shoots.

Citizen Group Backing Hotel Tax Hike Submits 100,845 Signatures

A citizen group seeking to raise San Diego’s total current hotel taxes by 3 percent, to 15.5 percent, said it has gathered 100,845 voter signatures for an election measure targeted for the November ballot.

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Brian Hughes Named Executive Director of Tourism Marketing District

The San Diego Tourism Marketing District has named hotel industry veteran Brian Hughes as the organization’s new executive director.

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TownePlace Suites Hotel in Vista Sold for $15 Million

An affiliate of Anaheim-based Marwaha Group Inc. has acquired the 94-room TownePlace Suites hotel in Vista for $15 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

What We Can Learn From Balboa Park’s LEED

The City of San Diego has positioned itself as a national leader by becoming the largest city in the U.S. to commit to 100 percent clean energy on the heels of the landmark agreement in Paris in 2015.