CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 |
Opponents of UCLA's proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions and contends it would not be financially viable if it paid all the federal and local taxes required of commercial hotels. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Wednesday by the Save Westwood Village organization and others, also says that existing UCLA guesthouses and visitor centers already break laws by not charging overnight guests occupancy taxes.
January 4, 1987
More than $10 million will be spent by Southmark Pacific Corp., the new owners of the former General Telephone Building in Santa Monica, to bring it up to Class A, multitenant standards. The 21-story building at Ocean Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard was acquired by Southmark Pacific last June for "considerably less" than the asking price of $50 million, according to Paul Giuntini, president of Southmark Pacific. General Telephone moved its headquarters to Westlake Village.
September 4, 2010 |
The nation's hotel industry, already struggling to pull out of its worst slump in decades, is now suffering from another loss in revenue because of the booming popularity of cellphones and laptop computers. In the past, hotel operators could expect to collect extra money by charging guests for in-room phone calls and on-demand movies. But today most guests check into a hotel packing cellphones and laptop computers that are linked to the Internet and loaded with movies, games and music.
September 17, 2012 |
In the end, one group of Americans can proclaim both the Republican and the Democratic conventions a success: hotel owners. The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., combined to generate $46 million in hotel revenue, according to a report issued Monday by Smith Travel Research. Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Conventions in late August pushed hotel occupancy levels in Tampa to an average of 81%, while the Democrats who met in early September increased occupancy in Charlotte to 92%, according to the report.
March 22, 2010 |
Viver Brasil Bahia Travel Program Led by: Linda Yudin of Viver Brasil Destination: Salvador Bahia, Brazil Dates: Aug. 8-23 Price: $3,350 double occupancy; $3,850 single occupancy (airfare not included) Airfare: Connecting service (change of planes) to Salvador Bahia is offered on American and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $847 Accommodations: Hotel Marazul Meals: Breakfast buffet at the hotel included Activities included: Nine days of dance or percussion classes; all excursions to Candomblé ceremonies, community arts centers, dance and music concerts, local artisans, and festivals Deposit: $400 Full payment: by July 1 For more information: (323)
March 29, 1998
Hammered by financial troubles in Asia and shorter stays by visitors, Waikiki in January recorded its lowest average hotel occupancy rate in 15 years--78%--then rebounded in February, to 87%, still down from a year ago, according to the PKF-Hawaii consulting firm in Honolulu. Overall for Hawaii, February was the 10th straight month of declining occupancy. Judging by the average cost of rooms, price breaks for consumers were not apparent. Waikiki's average hotel rate was $136.14 versus $134.
January 21, 2012
I was curious about whether there was any benefit to booking a deluxe cruise just 10 days before it sailed. When I phoned Seabourn Cruise Line on Dec. 9, a representative told me that Category OB tickets were available on the Sojourn, which was leaving Buenos Aires on Dec.19. He explained that Category OB tickets meant I was "guaranteed a Veranda Suite for our single-occupancy minimum price of $8,990. " On Dec. 15, an email from Seabourn confirmed I was in a mid-ship suite. After returning home from the 15-day voyage (the Sojourn was a delight)
May 11, 2012 |
Summer in Bhutan means red, white and pink poppies are blooming in the Himalaya's high passes. What better time for a walk in the flower fields? Amanresorts offers two poppy treks that combine hiking and tent camping with stays in their luxury resorts. Participants on poppy treks walk three to five hours each day at elevations ranging from 9,800 feet to almost 15,000 feet. Trails to the poppies (no, they're not the opiate kind) wind through pastures as well as pine, cypress and rhododendron forests, and up to mountain passes.
June 26, 1986
The operator of the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attractions has agreed to take over operation of the 60-year-old Breakers Hotel on the Long Beach oceanfront. The move, effective Aug. 1, will help both parties, said Joseph Prevratil, president of Wrather Port Properties Inc. Operators of the 390-room Queen Mary Hotel will have the Breakers' 242 rooms at their disposal to book larger convention groups, while Breakers owners will increase occupancy, which has lagged at about 50%, Prevratil said.
July 19, 2012 |
An Islamic congregation in central Tennessee will not be able to move into a new mosque before Ramadan begins at sundown Thursday, despite winning a legal battle that cleared the way for occupancy. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is awaiting inspections from additional agencies and congregants can't begin worshiping there until the inspections are complete, lawyers for the mosque said Thursday. That could take up to 10 days. “It's a matter of dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's,” Hannah Smith, a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told the Los Angeles Times.