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Articles tagged “san diego”

Park Hyatt’s Blade Runner: Knife Concierge Offers Cutting-Edge Service

Park Hyatt’s Blade Runner: Knife Concierge Offers Cutting-Edge Service

Laura Powell, Skift

It’s not enough for the waitstaff at The Argyle Steakhouse in San Diego to pick up on the personalities of their customers. The staff of this high-end Park Hyatt Aviara eatery also has to learn about the personalities of their steak knives.

6 months ago

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

Diana Cerqueira, Jing Travel

China is California’s top long-haul market. So it's a smart move for Brand USA and San Diego to partner with Alibaba, given that Chinese travelers use Alipay and online travel platform Fliggy on a daily basis.

6 months ago

San Diego Is Turning to Tijuana to Get More Chinese Tourists

San Diego Is Turning to Tijuana to Get More Chinese Tourists

Ann Tok, Jing Travel

San Diego is hoping direct flights between Beijing and Tijuana, its neighbor to the south, will deliver more tourists from China. But the destination isn't just banking on the airlift: Marketers are reaching out to tour operators and launching an advertising program in partnership with Brand USA.

2 years ago

Grand Hotels Are Getting Long-Overdue Attention From Developers

Grand Hotels Are Getting Long-Overdue Attention From Developers

Alyson Krueger, Bloomberg

Guess what? Travel's favorite buzzword du jour, "authentic," can apply to Grand Hotels, and developers are taking advantage.

2 years ago

San Diego Can’t Tax Fees That Booking Sites Charge Travelers, Court Rules

San Diego Can’t Tax Fees That Booking Sites Charge Travelers, Court Rules

Associated Press

We'll have to see how this hodgepodge ruling gets sorted out. Cities in California wouldn't be able to tax online travel agencies' booking fees -- unless hotels require the online travel agencies via rate parity rules to levy the fees to have a consistent retail rate. On the other hand, the ruling seems to let booking sites off the hook, to some extent, and decrees that authorities must collect the tax from the hotels.

3 years ago

Travel on Tap: The Rise of Craft Beer Tourism

Travel on Tap: The Rise of Craft Beer Tourism

Greg, Skift

Craft Beer is big business in America with a proven ability engage a new travel consumer who will spend added dollars to visit local neighborhoods and beer-themed events.

4 years ago

San Diego’s New Airport Crosses the Border Into Tijuana, Mexico

San Diego’s New Airport Crosses the Border Into Tijuana, Mexico

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

This is such a wonderful idea that it could only have come about partially as an accident. Which is precisely how it happened.

4 years ago

The Better Border Boosting Tourism Between San Diego and Tijuana

The Better Border Boosting Tourism Between San Diego and Tijuana

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

Anybody who's spent time between these two major cities can see the benefits of a well-managed border to tourism growth in both countries.

5 years ago

Public Parks in U.S. Cities Find New Ways to Market to Locals and Tourists

Public Parks in U.S. Cities Find New Ways to Market to Locals and Tourists

Dan Peltier, Skift

Social media and all the bells and whistles of digital age marketing can do wonders for parks and destinations, but sometimes old-fashioned word-of-mouth works just as well. And like anything, holding events at your park always brings increased awareness of what you have to offer.

6 years ago

SeaWorld Looks to Travel Agents to Help Reverse Attendance Woes

SeaWorld Looks to Travel Agents to Help Reverse Attendance Woes

Dennis Schaal, Skift

One big force in the travel industry, Southwest Airlines, did what was right as a good corporate citizen (or at least was worried about a brand hit), and is ending ties with SeaWorld after a 26-year relationship. Others in the travel industry see only dollar signs.

6 years ago

SeaWorld Credit Rating Lowered to Junk Status by Standard & Poor’s

SeaWorld Credit Rating Lowered to Junk Status by Standard & Poor’s

Dennis Schaal, Skift

SeaWorld's brand hit has parallels to the reputation damage that fellow Florida operator Carnival Corp. has had to deal with over the last two years. Carnival is only now recovering, and SeaWorld's struggles may turn out to be more protracted because ending killer-whale shows is a decision SeaWorld isn't ready to make.

6 years ago

SeaWorld Tries to Appease Blackfish Critics With Larger Whale Tanks

SeaWorld Tries to Appease Blackfish Critics With Larger Whale Tanks

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

After arrogantly dismissing criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld has found a bit of religion now that attendance has fallen at parks in Orlando and San Diego. Enlarging the orcas' habitats, though, still doesn't get at the heart of some of the outcry.

6 years ago