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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999 | JENNIFER PENDLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While New Year's Eve is usually lucrative for hotels and restaurants, some this year wonder if they will even break even, as the costs of everything from musicians to Year 2000 party hats soar. "We've spent 10 times more than we ever have before," said Pat Holleran, general manager of the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City. The big expense is entertainment. The hotel paid $50,000 to hire the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and singer Harry Connick Sr., Holleran said.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 1999 | Stephen Gregory
Los Angeles County hotel occupancy remained strong in August as the region continued to host a high volume of leisure and business travelers, spurred by both a healthy domestic economy and improving economic conditions abroad, tourism officials said. Occupancy reached nearly 80% of capacity at county hotels, up 2 percentage points from a year ago, according to PKF Consulting, a San Francisco-based firm that tracks the hospitality industry. January-through-August occupancy stood at 75%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1999 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A city zoning administrator has ordered a massive cleanup of hotels in downtown's skid row and admonished politicians and charities that conditions in the dilapidated neighborhood have been allowed to fester for far too long.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1999 | Stephen Gregory
More tourists, particularly from Europe and recovering economies in Asia, helped push hotel occupancy in Los Angeles County up 5% in July over the same month a year ago. Occupancy averaged nearly 79% of capacity in July, and early indications are that August could be equally as busy, said Michael Collins, executive vice president for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau. The figures came from a survey of local hotels by PKF Consulting in San Francisco.
BUSINESS
August 26, 1999 | Stephen Gregory
Consulting group PricewaterhouseCoopers is forecasting that next year's Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles will generate 87,000 overnight stays at area hotels, boosting average monthly hotel occupancy in the region to more than 80% capacity. The figure represents a bump of no more than 7 percentage points, the company noted, because average regional hotel occupancy for August, the month the convention is scheduled, has been about 76% capacity in recent years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1999 | JENNIFER PENDLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The San Fernando Valley doesn't have the concentration of swank and trendy hotels of the Westside, but there are a few establishments here that more than hold their own in the heated competition for business and leisure patrons. The two properties on the bluff in Universal City, adjacent to Universal Studios--the Universal City Hilton and Towers and the Sheraton Universal--outperform the market in occupancy rates and daily room rates.
BUSINESS
June 18, 1999 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although it fell short of expectations, an ad campaign aimed at generating tourism dollars related to the recent landmark Van Gogh exhibition in Los Angeles sparked $2.6 million in revenue at scores of local hotels, tourism officials said Thursday. The 17-week exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art accounted for more than 12,000 overnight stays at roughly 100 hotels.
MAGAZINE
June 13, 1999 | ED LEIBOWITZ, Ed Leibowitz is a frequent contributor to the magazine
See the waitress down there?" From the undulating third-floor balcony of his Standard hotel, Andre Balazs points out an impossibly chic employee sashaying across a sea of blue AstroTurf. She delivers refreshments this bright afternoon in knee-high disco boots and a shimmering Mylar-like skirt. Balazs, for his part, is particularly excited about the blouse. "It has an almost parachute fabric," he says, enthusiasm lighting his hazel eyes and deepening the cleft in his chin. "The collar's up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1999
The owner of a downtown Los Angeles hotel was given a series of deadlines Wednesday to fix dangerous conditions or face possible jail time, prosecutors said. Los Angeles Municipal Commissioner Kristi Lousteau sentenced Lyndon W. Hong to 100 hours of community service and ordered him to pay $15,805 in fines and costs. Lousteau also placed Hong on three years' probation and ordered him to remedy the code violations at the 100-room St. George Hotel by Oct. 15 or face additional punishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Fresh from a $2.5 million face-lift, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel was rededicated Thursday--more than five years after it was forced to close by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The 132-room hotel boasts several improvements over its pre-temblor predecessor, including a fitness center, three banquet halls, a marbled front desk and foyer--and 38 steel reinforcement beams, said general manager George Noumer. "Our reopening signifies to the community that we are back," Noumer said.
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