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June 25, 1990 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Most people don't think much about hotels until it's time to find a cheap place to stay in Tucson while visiting Aunt Tillie. But Jim Burba thinks about hotels all the time. There's been a lot to think about. When Orange County's growth boom began in the 1970s and 1980s, the hotel chains and developers began to take notice of what had been, until then, pretty much a hotel backwater, with the exception of Anaheim and Disneyland.
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June 25, 1990 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Most people don't think much about hotels until it's time to find a cheap place to stay in Tucson while visiting Aunt Tillie. But Jim Burba thinks about hotels all the time. There's been a lot to think about. When Orange County's growth boom began in the 1970s and 1980s, the hotel chains and developers began to take notice of what had been, until then, pretty much a hotel backwater, with the exception of Anaheim and Disneyland.
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December 31, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
For Orange County's hotels, 1988 may be the year that new construction finally slows and the cost of rooms begins to climb. Efforts to drum up more tourist and convention business, meanwhile, are starting to pay off. More aggressive marketing, more business patrons and more tourists should help reduce the fierce competition among innkeepers. There's certainly no shortage of rooms: The county has 26,000 rooms in 122 hotels that have more than 100 rooms each.
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December 31, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
For Orange County's hotels, 1988 may be the year that new construction finally slows and the cost of rooms begins to climb. Efforts to drum up more tourist and convention business, meanwhile, are starting to pay off. More aggressive marketing, more business patrons and more tourists should help reduce the fierce competition among innkeepers. There's certainly no shortage of rooms: The county has 26,000 rooms in 122 hotels that have more than 100 rooms each.
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March 14, 1985 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
George Anthony is a betting man. He came up a winner 16 years ago when he plunked down $2.8 million to build the El Dorado Card Club in Gardena. He still can be found there almost every morning, counting poker chips in his wood-paneled office or strolling among the green felt tables. Now he is trying to buy into a different kind of action.
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October 12, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the recession and cooler-than-usual temperatures, Orange County hotels were 76.1% full, on average, in August, down from 78% occupancy in August, 1990, according to a monthly report released Friday by an Irvine consulting firm. The showing was considered adequate in light of the continuing weakness in the economy, said Jim Burba, a principal for the consulting firm of Pannell Kerr Forster.
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October 11, 1988 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Another competitor for the extended-stay hotels are large local apartment complexes, many of which now offer furnished apartments to business people on long stays at what they say are lower rates than the hotels. Giant Costa Mesa apartment developer Arnel Development recently beefed up marketing for its extended-stay program, calling it VIP Executive Residence Suites in a flurry of brochures mailed to corporations.
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March 5, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's hotels were full only about two-thirds of the time last year as occupancy rates fell to an abysmal 63.5%, from 66.4% in 1990. The problem: the recession, which began to cut into the travel business in 1990. Then there were too many hotels built in the county and the nation in the mid-1980s, leading to a glut of rooms.
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June 27, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, Times Staff Writer
The Newporter Resort near Fashion Island in Newport Beach will become the Hyatt Newporter next month, the hotel chain said Monday. Hyatt Hotels Corp. was one of the last major chains without a hotel to manage in the booming Costa Mesa/Newport Beach/Irvine area around John Wayne Airport. Hyatt will replace Westgroup, a Los Angeles hotel management company, on July 16. The hotel's owner, Columbia Savings & Loan Assn. in Beverly Hills, said it would spend more than $4 million over the next three years to refurbish the hotel.
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March 14, 1985 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
George Anthony is a betting man. He came up a winner 16 years ago when he plunked down $2.8 million to build the El Dorado Card Club in Gardena. He still can be found there almost every morning, counting poker chips in his wood-paneled office or strolling among the green felt tables. Now he is trying to buy into a different kind of action.
BUSINESS
July 19, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
The oceanfront Dana Point Resort has been sold to a Japanese garment industry giant for about $104 million in what is one of the largest real estate deals in the Southland this year. The price represents a doubling in the value of the 12-acre property overlooking Dana Point Harbor in Orange County, built for $50 million in 1987, and demonstrates the torrid appreciation of coastal property. Edward Thomas Cos.
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June 14, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hotel occupancy rates decreased nearly 5% in Orange County in the first four months of the year, and the market probably isn't going to get much better this year. A recent survey by Pannell Kerr Forster, a hotel consultant, found that occupancy rates in Orange County's big hotels dropped from 67.4% in the January-to-April period of 1989 to 64.2% for the same period this year.
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