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As marathons spring up in region, restaurants and hotels cash in

By   /  Friday, December 23rd, 2011  /  Columns, Tourism  /  Comments Off on As marathons spring up in region, restaurants and hotels cash in

The region’s runners aren’t the only ones rejoicing as another marathon is introduced in San Luis Obispo — hotels and restaurants are perking up, too.

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Tourism tapping into apps: Visitors bureaus bet on ubiquity of smartphones

By   /  Friday, December 16th, 2011  /  Features, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Tourism tapping into apps: Visitors bureaus bet on ubiquity of smartphones

The tourism bureaus in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have gone mobile with apps targeted at the region’s visitors.

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Magellan’s merger may give sales a lift

By   /  Friday, December 9th, 2011  /  Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Magellan’s merger may give sales a lift

Santa Barbara-based Magellan’s Travel Supplies and Colorado Bag’n Baggage are joining forces to battle the difficult retail climate. The two companies, both of which are considered leaders in the U.S. luggage and travel products industry, announced the merger on Dec. 1. Magellan’s operates mainly as a catalog business, with a customer base of 1.8 million Read More →

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Pierpont owner files Chapter 11

By   /  Friday, December 9th, 2011  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Pierpont owner files Chapter 11

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Editorial: Hotel investors pump cash into South Coast

By   /  Friday, December 2nd, 2011  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Hotel investors pump cash into South Coast

Two of the most financially troubled hotel projects in the region have gotten new funding or new ownership this year.

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Architects redesign State Street hotel as modern, affordable inn

By   /  Friday, November 25th, 2011  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Architects redesign State Street hotel as modern, affordable inn

Santa Barbara’s lower State Street and Funk Zone areas are experiencing somewhat of an architectural revival, thanks in no small part to the architects at AB Design Studio.

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El Encanto gets $45M in financing, plans to open next year

By   /  Friday, November 25th, 2011  /  Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on El Encanto gets $45M in financing, plans to open next year

The international hotel firm behind El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara has received $45 million in construction financing for the project and plans to open the luxury hilltop villas by late 2012. When all is said and done, Orient-Express Hotels will have spent more than $90 million to buy and renovate a project it’s not Read More →