Weekly Round Up: September 9
Good news. It is already Tuesday! Welcome back from the long weekend. Here’s what happened last week, and what’s in store for the week ahead. In a few words: Hotel stays are up, QVC project is moving ahead, and local businesses new and established are making the news.
BOOK IT: Occupancy at Ontario hotels continue to increase, according to July’s lodging data released by the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ontario occupancy is at 82%, up 5% year over year. The average daily rate is $84.26, up 10% compare to last year. In total, Ontario has 47 hotels and an inventory of 5,311 rooms per day. Compare that to top tourist destination Long Beach – a city of 468,000 – which has 58 hotels and an inventory of 6,092 rooms, and it appears that Ontario is a top destination in its own right. In May, Ontario hotels sold 126,590 rooms compared to Long Beach, which sold 148,354. What is driving hotel sales in Ontario, you ask? Large events and conferences hosted at the Ontario Convention Center are one reason. Other reasons include the proximity to the Ontario International Airport, attractions at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, and some 10,000 businesses in the City, many of which fly in executives or customers for meetings at their corporate offices. Yes, Ontario does have it all! To learn more about the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.QVC GROUNDBREAKING: The City of Ontario celebrated the ground breaking of QVC's West Coast Distribution Center on September 1 with nearly 100 executives from QVC, Sares-Regis Group, the City of Ontario and other supporters that were key to bringing this project to Ontario. Read more. In the news
- Vince’s Spaghetti in Ontario still twirling after 70 years. Read more.
- Yuneec, an Ontario-based electric aviation company, has expanded its product line. Read more.
- UFC Gym Ontario’s Grand Opening is scheduled for September 26, according to its Twitter Page. Read more.
- Chaffey College, which is in Rancho Cucamonga but serves Ontario, is one the nation’s Top 20 Community Colleges. Read more.
- Inland Empire Restaurant Week is set for Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 25. Read more.
Upcoming Events WEST END JOB FAIR: The 2015 West End Regional Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario. For the details, click here.ICSC SAN DIEGO: Economic Development staff will be attending one of California’s top retail conferences at the International Council of Shopping Centers Western Conference and Deal Making in San Diego from September 16 to September 18. Visit the City of Ontario at Booth #645.CRUISIN' REUNION: The 3rd Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is right around the corner from September 18 to September 20. It is expected that 1,200 cars in total will be displayed with anticipated attendance over the three days at 200,000 people. The event will also feature KC and the Sunshine Band, Danny Koker’s Rock Band of the Counting Cars television show, and Rick and Kelly Dale with American Restoration. Read more.PARTING SHOT: Here is the latest progress from the development of the QVC West Coast Distribution Center being constructed at Inland Empire Boulevard and Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. This was taken September 4, 2015.You don’t have to wait for the Weekly Round-Up. You can also follow Ontario EDA on Twitter, keep up to date with the City of Ontario on Facebook and check us out at the City of Ontario's Instagram.