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What to Expect in 2017

A panel of regional experts will discuss the economic challenges and opportunities facing San Diego County businesses in 2017. The panel offers a preview here. The Event: Thursday, Jan. 5, 7-10 a.m., Hyatt Regency La Jolla At Aventine

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E-Commerce Challenges Lead to ‘Melee in the Marketplace’

Economic Trends: Sports & Active Lifestyles

San Diegans have the right setting for getting outdoors — and for growing businesses rooted in the sports and active lifestyle sector.

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As Visitors Flock In, Focus Shifts to Convention Center

Economic Trends: Conventions & Tourism

For the San Diego region, 2016 marked a continuation of a general post-recession trend of rising hotel revenue, airport traffic, convention business and visits to local attractions. San Diego was still benefiting from a strong nationwide tourism economy, aided by low fuel prices and steady levels of confidence among traveling consumers and business meeting planners.

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Local Hotel Revenue Rose 4.4 Percent in First 11 Months

Total revenue at San Diego County hotels rose 4.4 percent from a year ago in the first 11 months of 2016, topping $2.48 billion, according to the latest monthly data from research firm STR.

Airport Passenger Traffic Up 3.3 Percent Through November

San Diego International Airport saw total passenger traffic rise 3.3 percent from a year ago in the first 11 months of 2016, topping 19 million, according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

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Westgate Hotel Opening New Fitness and Spa Facility

Operators of downtown San Diego’s upscale Westgate Hotel plan a Jan. 2 opening for AquaVie, a new $14 million fitness and spa facility adjacent to the property at 234 Broadway.

Jan. 30 Debut Scheduled for Dave & Buster’s in Carlsbad

Dallas-headquartered Dave & Buster’s Inc. plans a Jan. 30 opening for its new restaurant and entertainment center at the Shoppes at Carlsbad mall. It will be the second San Diego County location for the company, which currently operates a venue in Mission Valley.

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Rally’s Opening New Restaurant in Logan Heights

Checkers Drive-in Restaurants Inc., which operates hamburger eateries under the Checkers and Rally’s brands, plans to open a new Rally’s at 931 S. 30th St., in Logan Heights near downtown San Diego.

The Business Calendar for the Week of December 26, 2016

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

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Gourmet Sandwich Chain Mendocino Farms Opens First Local Eatery

Los Angeles-headquartered Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market recently opened its first San Diego County location in La Jolla, with another slated to open in spring 2017 in Carmel Valley.

Spanos Meets with County, City to Discuss Chargers’ Location Issues

Mulling the team’s location options after the 2016 season, San Diego Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos recently met with Mayor Kevin Faulconer, county Supervisor Ron Roberts and San Diego State University President Elliot Hirschman.

Jack in the Box Puts Limitation on Antibiotic Use in Poultry Purchases

Jack in the Box Inc., in an apparent concession to activist shareholders and consumer groups, has ruled out buying poultry treated with antibiotics to promote growth.

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Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine Names New General Manager

Operators of Hyatt Regency La Jolla have appointed Allan Farwell as general manager, leading all operations of the 417-room hotel.

San Diego Picked to Host 2017 Games in International Soccer Tournament

San Diego has been selected as a site for the 2017 Gold Cup tournament of soccer’s Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). An opening-round double-header is scheduled for July 9 at Qualcomm Stadium, city officials announced.

Wednesday Kickoff for Annual SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl

The Poinsettia Bowl, sponsored for the 12th year running by San Diego County Credit Union, kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Qualcomm Stadium.