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SeaWorld San Diego Parent Investing $175 Million in U.S. Theme Parks

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. plans to invest $175 million in new shows and attractions nationwide in 2017, including its new Orca Encounter at SeaWorld San Diego. Officials said the investment will be among the biggest one-year capital-spending tallies in the theme park operator’s five-decade history.

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San Diego Airport Passenger Traffic Rose 2.1% in August

August passenger traffic rose 2.1 percent from a year ago at San Diego International Airport, with the facility handling more than 1.9 million arriving and departing travelers during the month.

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SPORT: Culture, Cos., And Competition Create A ‘Cycling Capitol’ in S.D.

How did San Diego come to be a cycling powerhouse with an economic drivetrain of $547 million?

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Report: Federal Government Examining Sale of Hotel del Coronado

The federal government is scrutinizing the proposed purchase of Hotel del Coronado by Chinese insurer Anbang Insurance Group Co., due to its proximity to a large U.S. Navy base, Bloomberg News reported.

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New GM Named at San Diego’s Keating Hotel

The Keating Hotel, a 35-room boutique property in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, has named Adam Della Rocca as its new general manager.

STR: Chargers Rank 28th in NFL for Local Hotel Revenue Net Impact

The San Diego Chargers ranked 28th out of 32 NFL teams for net impact on local hotel revenue during the 2015 season, according to the latest in a series of articles tracking the league’s impact on hotels by the research firm STR.

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.

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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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Legoland Looks to Build on Successes With New Attractions

PARK: Castle-Themed Hotel Is Expected To Open in 2018

Owner 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.