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Hilton Plans New Canopy Hotel in Downtown San Diego

Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide has a large new tower-style hotel planned for East Village, as part of a national rollout of a new upscale brand called Canopy by Hilton.

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Spirit Airlines Plans New Local Nonstop Service to Denver

Florida-based discount carrier Spirit Airlines plans to offer new daily nonstop service from San Diego to Denver starting Jan. 5, 2015.

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Surf Air Expanding Private-Member Service to Carlsbad

Surf Air, a private-membership airline using small aircraft, plans to begin service to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad on Nov. 18.

Virgin America Cuts SeaWorld Ties

Virgin America has cut ties with SeaWorld Entertainment, removing the theme parks from the airline’s rewards program, according to PETA. The animal rights group claims its efforts were instrumental in the airline’s decision.

San Diego Ranks Fifth Among Meeting Destinations in American Express Meetings & EventsSurvey

San Diego ranks fifth among North America’s top destinations for meetings and events, according to the latest annual Global Meetings Forecast report by a division of financial services provider American Express.

Revived San Diego Opera Is Nearing Its Fundraising Goal

ARTS: The $5.3 Million Raised Puts Group Near Goal for 3-Opera Season

The San Diego Opera, which was reactivated in April after its board initially voted to disband, said its fundraising campaign and ticket sales for the upcoming season are nearly meeting targeted goals.

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Tourism Leaders Launch Annual ‘Kids Free’ Discount Program

San Diego city and tourism officials recently announced the return of Kids Free San Diego, an annual promotion offering visitors and locals family-friendly discounts during the month of October.

Business Calendar for Week of October 13, 2014

Some of the business events happening in the county for the week of October 13, 2014.

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Construction Starts on $100 Million Downtown Hotel

Encinitas-based developer The Robert Green Co. and Montage Hotels & Resorts of Laguna Beach have begun construction on Pendry San Diego, a new 317-room luxury hotel in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

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Millennials Prove Influential With Menus

Dining: Young Adults Will Pay For Healthful Choices

As young adults push for more healthful, fresher, and tastier food, many San Diego County restaurants are responding by updating their menus and being more transparent about the source of their food.

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Riding The Wave

DINING: Rubio’s Efforts At Rebranding Part of Fast-Casual Competition

Leaders of Rubio’s Restaurants Inc. are taking steps to ensure that the look and feel of its eateries carry elements of the Carlsbad-based company’s DNA.

Business Calendar for Week of October 6, 2014

Some of the business events scheduled in the county for the week of October 6, 2014.

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Plan Aims to Keep Conventions Coming to Town

TOURISM: Extra Efforts Needed as Expansion of Center Hits Roadblock

Facing recent declines in overall convention attendance and the likelihood that an expansion won’t happen anytime soon, local tourism officials have launched a five-year plan to fill San Diego Convention Center with large group gatherings.

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Rubio’s Remodeling, Rebranding Some of its Restaurants

Carlsbad-based Rubio’s Restaurants Inc. plans a redesign of 60 of its California restaurants, with a rebranding of those locations under the name Rubio’s Coastal Grill.

Business Calendar for Week of Sept. 22, 2014

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of Sept. 22, 2014.