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Convention expected to be boon to tourism industry

Charlotte’s snagging of the 2012 Democratic National Convention is expected to have an impact on many of the city’s sectors, including hospitality and tourism. The convention, expected to draw more than 35,000 attendees, will mean quite a windfall for area hotels, ...

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Up or down? Charlotte hospitality industry, unemployment stats say two different things (access required)

From October to November, a record-high 3,500 jobs were shed in Charlotte’s leisure and hospitality industry, according to the latest unemployment data from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. It’s the most jobs lost in a single month in ...

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Penguin to reopen Jan. 15

The Penguin, a Charlotte restaurant that has become a tourist destination, will reopen Jan. 15 after being shuttered for renovations, the eatery announced Friday. The restaurant, which first opened in 1954, has been closed since October. Known for its fried pickles, the ...

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Extended Stay Hotels names marketing officer

HVM, manager of the Spartanburg, S.C.-based Extended Stay Hotels chain, has named Michael Haaf chief marketing officer. The chain, which has 685 properties in the U.S. and Canada, filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2009 but has since emerged. Haaf most recently served as senior ...

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Charlotte filmmaker chosen for Showtime pilot

Local filmmaker Tim Vogel has been selected to work on a new 20th Century Fox Television pilot for Showtime that’s being filmed in the Charlotte region. Preproduction work has begun in Charlotte for the psychological thriller, “Homeland.” Vogel, president of ...

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