Tom York on Business: Trade shows return to convention center in August after COVID hiatus
San Diego’s tourism economy is slowly returning to normal.
the San Diego Convention Center was closed to congresses for a year and a half due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A spokeswoman for the cavernous boardroom said more than 150 important events were canceled, postponed or gone “virtual” during the long shutdown.
And she noted that as a result, the shutdown resulted in a loss of $ 2.1 billion to the region’s economy, representing more than $ 48 million in uncollected tax revenue.
Well, everything is about to change.
The center will soon open its doors to several gatherings, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons at the end of August, the American Association of Realtors in mid-November and a special edition of the always popular Comic Con during Thanksgiving weekend.
The first event to launch is SPIE Optics + Photonics from August 1 to 5. The group said they expected 3,000 attendees, mostly a mix of on-site and virtual attendees. The second event of the new calendar is the American Kennel Club show, “Meet the Breeds” scheduled for August 14-15. This event will be open to the public.
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Bank of America recently donated over $ 700,000 to 30 local nonprofits. Most of the money will be used to boost workforce development, with the remainder going to nonprofits in health, shelter and free food distribution. These are all areas affected by the pandemic.
Rick bregman, president BofAfrom the San Diego area, says the grants were awarded following a SANDAG study which found that 40% of jobs paying at least $ 35 an hour have disappeared because of the coronavirus.
The crisis has had an undue impact on racial and ethnic groups – 64% of Latinos and 60% of African Americans say their household members have suffered.
A number of agencies focused on underrepresented groups have received BofA grants, including the San Diego Foundation Black community investment fund.
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The Canadians arrive and Southwest returns to an old haunt.
Canadian air carrier Pique possesses has announced plans to offer nonstop service from Edmonton to San Diego from October 31 through the end of April 2022. Service starts with flights twice a week and then increases to three times a week in December.
Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines said he would restart the New Orleans service on Nov. 7. The resumption comes after Southwest suspended service in May 2020 due to the pandemic. The airline also announced that it would begin non-stop service to Bozeman, MT on November 23.
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Bob rauch, who runs the renowned hotel management company RA Rauch Associates, says a long-time employee King of dallas was promoted to zone general manager.
King will operate the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego-San Marcos, the Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego-Del Mar, and the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego-Del Mar.
King joined the Rauch organization in 2013 as the Managing Director of the Working Group for more than 20 boutiques and branded properties in the Rauch hotel portfolio.
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Cristo Rey High School in San Diego is looking for 20 partner companies to finance its second class of 80 students. Current work-study partners include notable companies and institutions such as Rady Children’s Hospital, CBRE and Precision diagnosis.
the schoolThe work-study program provides students with preparatory college training while gaining work experience in a business setting. Students spend five days a month at work to help pay their tuition fees.
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Software Manufacturer Deckard Technologies, which helps government agencies track properties that owe taxes and other fees on short-term rentals, is beginning to expand beyond California.
The 3-year-old startup says it has signed Swain County, North Carolina, located next to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The county will use Deckard’s platform to ensure owners comply with local regulations for short-term rentals.
Based in Wisconsin Morse Fairbanks engine said they recently shipped two huge marine diesel engines for the new Navy Fleet replenishment tanker USNS Earl Warren.
The ship is currently under construction at General Dynamics NASSCO Barrio Logan shipyard.
The six new tankers in the fleet, including Earl Warren, are designed to transfer fuel to Navy aircraft carrier strike groups while operating at sea.
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North County News… Hillcrest’s Trusted restaurant group say he open a second The Wise Ox Butcher & Resto in the Beacon shopping center near the famous Omni La Costa Hotel.
Head of TRG Brad Wise, who once lived close to the center, says he wanted to introduce the restaurant brand to his old neighborhood. Meanwhile, TRG says he will open a second Rare company restaurant at Solana Beach later this summer.
Tom York is a Carlsbad-based freelance journalist who specializes in writing about business and economics. If you have any tips you would like to share, send them to [email protected]