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Tourism may benefit from new sanctuary

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Tourism may benefit from new sanctuary

The proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary could add, at minimum, $23 million dollars per year to the local economy and create almost 600 new jobs.

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Hummingbird Ranch project in Simi falls out of the nest

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Hummingbird Ranch project in Simi falls out of the nest

A project that was once heralded as a cataylyst for Simi Valley’s tourism and hospitality game is looking like it won’t actually happen.

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Chumash speed ahead with $112M hotel and casino

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Chumash speed ahead with $112M hotel and casino

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians intends to break ground on its proposed $112 million hotel and casino expansion in October, just six months after the massive project was first announced.

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Chumash award $112M hotel contract, eye October groundbreaking

By   /  Monday, September 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  1 Comment

  Tutor Perini Corp. has been selected to head up construction of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ controversial hotel expansion project. The building contract for the property at 3400 E. Highway 246 in Santa Ynez is valued at $112 million, Sylmar-based Tutor Perini said in a statement. It’s the first time a dollar Read More →

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McIver departs El Encanto, heads for Tuscon

By   /  Wednesday, September 24th, 2014  /  South Coast, Tourism, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on McIver departs El Encanto, heads for Tuscon

Laura McIver made her mark in the South Coast hotel industry when she took over and turned around downtown Santa Barbara’s Canary Hotel, setting the stage for the property’s sale to boutique chain Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. In 2012, McIver was named general manager for Santa Barbara’s iconic El Encanto Hotel. She took the helm Read More →

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Frontier Airlines to drop Santa Barbara service

By   /  Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Frontier Airlines to drop Santa Barbara service

  Frontier Airlines will suspend all flights from the Santa Barbara Airport starting in January, the company has confirmed to the Business Times. The budget airline will continue to offer about four flights a week to Denver, its home airport, until Jan. 6, 2015, when these flights will be halted completely until late May 2015.  Read More →

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10 years after ‘Sideways’ screen debut, Miles and Jack roll on

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on 10 years after ‘Sideways’ screen debut, Miles and Jack roll on

  As Santa Barbara County vintners mark the 10th anniversary of the movie “Sideways,” the characters whose spirited antics propelled the film have moved on to the stage and to new episodes in fiction that celebrate the allure of wines. Author Rex Pickett, whose novel became an award-winning film directed by Alexander Payne, has continued Read More →

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