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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.

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Gulls’ Return A Hit On Ice, at Box Office

SPORT: Teams Ranks 2nd In League Attendance

Even as Chargers fans gear up for an election battle to keep the football team in San Diego and the Padres struggle to come back from record-setting early-season futility, there is a bright spot in professional San Diego sports:

Business Calendar for Week of April 25, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of April 25, 2016, and beyond.

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Chargers Release Renderings for Hybrid Stadium-Convention Facility

The San Diego Chargers have released renderings of a proposed downtown hybrid stadium and convention facility, ahead of the official start of a signature-gathering drive to place the $1.8 billion project before city voters in November.

SeaWorld Drops Plans for Orca Habitat Expansion

SeaWorld San Diego has notified the California Coastal Commission that it is dropping plans for a $100 million expansion of its orca habitat, following an earlier decision by its parent firm to discontinue whale breeding at all of its marine parks.

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Walker Named General Manager at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Hilton Worldwide has named Tracy Walker as area general manager for the San Diego region, with duties that include direct oversight of the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.

Talks Continuing on Tourism Marketing District Lawsuit

Talks are continuing on a potential settlement of a citizen group’s lawsuit related to the funding mechanism for the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

Business Calendar for Week of April 18, 2016

Some of the business events scheduled in the county for the week of April 18, 2016, and beyond.

Balboa Park Perfect Home for Smithsonian West

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., was established in 1846 for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and is administered by the United States government. Its collection consists of more than 138 million objects, artworks, and specimens in what is the world’s largest museum and research complex — 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

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Culture Is Paired With Wine on Baja Tour

TOURISM: Wine Pub Gets Boost in Business, Reputation

Traveling along a one-lane dirt road in Baja California, Mexico, Sandy Hanshaw thought there couldn’t be anything out there. Instead, she found a business opportunity in the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe.

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TRAVEL: Six-Year-Old Airline Still Waiting to Be Cleared for Takeoff

At age 95, the founder of the fledgling — though yet to fly — California Pacific Airlines remains adamant that the region needs a North County alternative to the landlocked San Diego International Airport for commercial air service.

TMD Again Has Target On Its Back

TOURISM: Stadium, Lawsuit Could Affect Funding

Hoteliers and other advocates for the San Diego Tourism Marketing District were not happy in 2013 when Mayor Bob Filner began his brief and controversial tenure by choosing not to renew what was at that time a five-year-old program intended to support local visitor programs.

San Diego, Tijuana Mayors to Welcome World Leaders to San Diego Region

San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Falcouner and Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán will welcome more than 50 world leaders to San Diego on April 14 for an innovation and investment tour.