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August 13, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
What makes for a popular convention city? Is it the size of the population or the quality of local attractions? No. It's all about the amount of meeting space. That's why Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas attract the really big gatherings, while Los Angeles continues to struggle to draw the mega conventions. It's the conclusion of Cvent Inc., one of the nation's largest convention management and technology firms, based on the company's analysis of a year's worth of its bookings and other sales.
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TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1985 | JOHN PINE, Reuters
One check-in counter resembles another at the Los Angeles International Airport's international terminal, but the man behind one of them offers a novel service--a place to sleep, shower or work in privacy for a few hours or even minutes. According to Norman Panish, a retired pharmacist now in real estate development, there is nothing in the world quite like the 13-room mini-hotel that he opened in late September after more than two years' planning and construction.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
On an upper floor of the Four Seasons on the edge of Beverly Hills, guests stepping off the elevator see a typical high-end hotel hallway: thick carpeting, subdued lighting, numbered rooms. But visitors who open a certain door find themselves in a high-tech studio that resembles a cozy living room from the 1960s or '70s, a place to settle in for a martini or two with friends. Thousands of dollars' worth of recording and editing equipment are there too, but are hard to notice at a glance.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1994
The fundamental role of government is to protect lives. So, The Times is correct when it points out that the city of Santa Ana has persistently sought the ability to govern residential occupancy standards ("Using Safety as Tenet in Occupancy Issue," Editorial, March 27). Current state law sets the maximum number of residents in a dwelling unit. Historically, this was determined by counting the square footage in bedrooms. This changed radically, however, as the result of a court decision which said you must count all 'habitable' areas for sleeping purposes (i.e.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles entertainment impresario Sam Nazarian is expected to announce Monday that he has agreed to take over a stalled hotel development at the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection and open this summer or fall. Nazarian, perhaps best known for his trendy nightclubs catering to the young and stylish, will finish the hotel to suit his own taste before plunging into the competitive Hollywood hospitality market. Among his competition will be the juggernaut W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, which opened just a block away on Hollywood Boulevard in January.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1989 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
United Western Medical Center-Santa Ana said Wednesday that it laid off 40 workers in various departments last week, and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange said it laid off 44 staff members two weeks ago, most of them registered nurses. The cutbacks are the latest in a series of personnel reductions at several Orange County hospitals suffering in an industrywide slump caused by insurance-mandated shorter hospital stays and a decline in Medicare reimbursement. Western Medical, citing those reasons, laid off 60 workers--mostly in clerical and administrative positions--in December.
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