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TMD Stays Neutral; Study Hits Convadium

The San Diego Tourism Marketing District will not formally campaign against the San Diego Chargers’ November ballot measure aimed at financing a downtown stadium and convention facility, despite issuing a consulting report that negatively critiqued the project.

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Hotel Could Bring Big Changes to Escondido

TRAVEL: Stone’s Project May Rev Up the Business Climate

“We’re already getting emails from people saying they want to hold the first wedding at Stone Hotel,” said Steve Robbins, director of hospitality at Stone Brewing Co., describing public reaction to the recent announcement that the brewer is moving forward with plans for a full-service, 99-room hotel adjacent to its flagship Escondido brewing facilities.

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Totaro Named GM of San Diego Convention Center

Karen Totaro has been named senior vice president and general manager of San Diego Convention Center, effective Sept. 30. Totaro most recently served as general manager for the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey.

Cape Rey Carlsbad Resort Gets New Management

Atlanta-based Davidson Hotels & Resorts has been hired to manage the 215-room Cape Rey Carlsbad, an upscale Hilton resort located at 1 Ponto Road.

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County’s Hotel Property Deal Volume Declined in First Half

San Diego County’s hotel property transaction volume declined 38 percent from a year ago in the first half of 2016, with the dollar volume down 65 percent, according to a recent mid-year report by brokerage and consulting firm Atlas Hospitality Group.

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Barracks to be Converted into $20M Hotel at Liberty Station

San Diego-based McMillin LLC and Untitled Hospitality plan to develop a new arts-themed, $20 million hotel called The Barracks Hotel, using historic buildings at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Business Calendar for Week of August 15, 2016

Some of the business events scheduled in the county for the week of August 15, 2016, and beyond.

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Stone Is Moving Ahead With a Planned Escondido Hotel

TOURISM: Property To Have 99 Rooms on 13 Acres Near Brewery

Stone Brewing Co. is moving forward with a $26 million hotel previously announced for land adjacent to its headquarters and flagship brewing facilities in Escondido.

Marketing District Consultants Cite Problems with Stadium Proposal

The San Diego Chargers’ proposed $1.8 billion downtown stadium-convention facility does not address event planners’ needs, and its funding mechanism puts local tourism promotion at risk, according to findings in a consultants’ report commissioned by the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

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Stone Brewing Moving Ahead with Planned Escondido Hotel

Stone Brewing Co. is moving forward with a $26 million hotel previously announced for land adjacent to its headquarters and flagship brewing facilities in Escondido.

City Launches Free Downtown Circulator Shuttle Service

San Diego city and business development leaders have officially launched a previously announced free downtown circulator shuttle service, now called FRED. The acronym for the service, which uses all-electric vehicles, stands for Free Ride Everywhere Downtown.

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Chargers’ Advisor: Tourism Funds Can Be Maintained in Stadium Plans

A joint-powers board proposed in the San Diego Chargers’ November stadium ballot measure should be able to maintain current funding for San Diego’s tourism marketing efforts, an advisor to the team said at a downtown forum on Aug. 9.

Business Calendar for Week of August 8, 2016

Some of the business events scheduled in the county for the week of August 8, 2016, and beyond.

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Entertainment Center Planned at Former Boxing Club Site in East Village

Denver-based hospitality group Punch Bowl Social, which operates restaurant-entertainment centers, plans to open a new location at downtown San Diego’s Makers Quarter mixed-used development. It is planned for the building that once housed the historic Coliseum Federal Athletic Club, at 1485 E St. in East Village.

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San Diego International Passenger Traffic Rose 3.3 Percent in First Half

Passenger traffic at San Diego International Airport increased 3.3 percent from a year ago in the first half of 2016, topping 9.93 million, according to data from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.