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August 5, 2009 | Hugo Martin
The Hotel Bel-Air, a storied Mission-style landmark frequented by Hollywood's elite, will close for nearly two years for a multimillion-dollar face lift that will put hundreds of staffers out of work. The massive renovation, beginning Oct. 1, will include upgrades for all 91 rooms and suites, the hotel's Champagne Bar, its restaurant and private dining rooms. When it is finished in mid-2011, the hotel will boast 12 new villas and a spa with seven treatment rooms.
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TRAVEL
March 22, 2010 | By Rachel B. Levin
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)
BUSINESS
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.
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)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
High-profile developer Rick Caruso got his long-standing wish Tuesday: a tax break that could be worth more than $15 million for knocking down Montecito's dilapidated Miramar Hotel and building a luxury resort on the star-crossed site. An eyesore whose boarded-up cottages and weedy lots have irritated neighbors for years, the Miramar was a chic destination in its day. Its last guests left 12 years ago; but even a string of celebrity owners, such as hotel mogul Ian Schrager and Beanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner failed to revive it. Caruso, developer of The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles and a possible mayoral candidate, has owned the property since 2007, shelving his development plans when the economy soured.
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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