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March 27, 1998 | Daryl Strickland
Helped by a higher profile ad campaign, Laguna Beach collected 16% more in tourist taxes in 1997 than in the previous year. The coastal city reaped $2.9 million from overnight visitors who pay a 10% tax on hotel rooms. In the last five years, tax revenue has doubled, said Kathleen Spalione, director of the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau. Last year, Laguna Beach launched a Web site and printed a full-color visitors guide that was distributed to auto clubs, travel agents and Orange County hotels.
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March 2, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau wants local hotels to increase their bed tax and use the proceeds to benefit the painters, poets, playwrights, performers and other creative people who shape the city's personality and help draw tourists. Mayor Paul Freeman, who plans to present the idea Tuesday to the City Council, said it would increase off-season tourism by lengthening a cultural calendar that now revolves mainly around the eight-week, summertime Festival of the Arts.
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February 19, 1998 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No ho-hum home tour this! The city of Laguna Beach has published a map to its cottages and bungalows called the "Heritage Walking Companion to Self-Guided Tour Laguna by Bus"; for those in shape, a bicycle is an even better option. Thirty historic domiciles are divided into north and south; consider a meal in the middle--at the Cottage, of course. MORNING, 1 2 Pick up the free cottage-walk map at the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau.
BUSINESS
March 27, 1998 | Daryl Strickland
Helped by a higher profile ad campaign, Laguna Beach collected 16% more in tourist taxes in 1997 than in the previous year. The coastal city reaped $2.9 million from overnight visitors who pay a 10% tax on hotel rooms. In the last five years, tax revenue has doubled, said Kathleen Spalione, director of the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau. Last year, Laguna Beach launched a Web site and printed a full-color visitors guide that was distributed to auto clubs, travel agents and Orange County hotels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau wants local hotels to increase their bed tax and use the proceeds to benefit the painters, poets, playwrights, performers and other creative people who shape the city's personality and help draw tourists. Mayor Paul Freeman, who plans to present the idea Tuesday to the City Council, said it would increase off-season tourism by lengthening a cultural calendar that now revolves mainly around the eight-week, summertime Festival of the Arts.
BUSINESS
April 14, 1995 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
Laguna Beach is promoting itself as a "Resort for All Seasons" in a campaign to try to broaden the year-round appeal of the resort town. The Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau is heading the campaign that so far has produced a direct-mail brochure that offers tourists discounts to more than 40 of the beach city's restaurants and attractions. The bureau also offers a free poster of the city to anyone who drops by.
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November 19, 1996 | Marla Dickerson, Marla Dickerson covers tourism for The Times
Now you can surf Laguna Beach without a wetsuit. The Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau has gone online with a Web site that provides cyber-surfers with a host of information about dining, lodging, shopping and attractions in the seaside community. The site is located at http://www.lagunabeachinfo.org * Marla Dickerson covers tourism for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-5670 and at marla.dickerson@latimes.com
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June 7, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
Art lovers can take in all three Laguna Beach arts festivals and the Laguna Art Museum this summer for $15 in a package that also provides four rides on the city's trolley-style buses. Details on the pass, a $25 value, are available from the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau at (800) 877-1115 or online at http://www.artseek.com/lagunapass.
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March 25, 1999 | James Meier, (714) 966-5988
The Art Commission recently selected eight winning designs for the 1999 Banners 2000 Competition. Out of 22 designs submitted, seven people were declared winning designers: Kristen Adams; Erika Bauer-Lemmon, who won with two designs; Colleen Corbett; James Nelson; Marsh Scott; Diane Stroebel; and Mike Tauber. Donations from the Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau, Laguna Playhouse, First Team Nolan and John Madison of Madison Square Cafe and Garden supported the 1999 competition.
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August 31, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
Volunteers are needed for the annual California Costal Cleanup Day on Sept. 18. Supplies will be provided for the event and high school students can earn community service hours. About 200 to 300 volunteers are needed for Crystal Cove State Beach. Those interested can call Park Ranger Winter Bonin, (949) 497-7647. Volunteers are also needed for other local beaches, especially Aliso Creek. Raffle prizes are also being sought for the event.
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February 19, 1998 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No ho-hum home tour this! The city of Laguna Beach has published a map to its cottages and bungalows called the "Heritage Walking Companion to Self-Guided Tour Laguna by Bus"; for those in shape, a bicycle is an even better option. Thirty historic domiciles are divided into north and south; consider a meal in the middle--at the Cottage, of course. MORNING, 1 2 Pick up the free cottage-walk map at the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau.
BUSINESS
February 26, 1995
* Choong Keng Goh has been appointed regional manager for Asia for the new Singapore office of Wonderware Corp. Goh comes to Wonderware, an Irvine industrial automation software company, after 10 years with AEG Modicon in Asia, where he was most recently regional sales manager for the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. * George L. Bragg has been elected a member of the board of directors of Eltron International Inc.
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February 27, 1996 | LESLIE EARNEST
Hoteliers say they have finally emerged from the economic gloom of recent years in which tourists stayed away because of fire, floods and landslides. For 1995, the city reported a 16% boost in its so-called bed tax. "Hotel Laguna had the best year ever last year," said Claes Andersen, owner of the city's oldest hotel. The Inn at Laguna, which opened in 1990, also reported that last year was its best.
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