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SDTMD New Executive Director

The San Diego Tourism Marketing District (TMD) announced today that hotel industry veteran Brian Hughes was selected as the organization’s new executive director.

“With his extensive hotel industry experience and his significant investment in supporting San Diego’s tourism community, Mr. Hughes is distinctly qualified to serve as executive director of the organization,” said Bill Evans, Chairman of the TMD’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to his insightful leadership.”

Hughes joins the TMD at a pivotal time, as San Diego focuses on a convention center expansion, the future release of the organization’s 20-year Destination Master Plan, and upcoming Board elections. Hughes assumes his role as director during a record year for San Diego’s tourism industry. In 2015, the TMD strategically deployed nearly $24 million in assessment funds into San Diego City Council-approved programs resulting in record Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT) collections of $186 million. The TOT is the second largest contributor to the City of San Diego’s general fund.

Hughes, a Cornell University graduate, has nearly three decades of experience in the hotel industry. Since coming to San Diego in 2008, Hughes worked for Omni Hotels & Resorts. Roles with Omni included general manager of the Omni San Diego Hotel and general manager of the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

His community involvement includes serving as chairman of the San Diego Tourism Authority. He was also a longtime member of the San Diego Hotel-Motel Association and in 2012 was named “San Diego Hotelperson of the Year.”

“Supporting this industry is not a newfound passion for Brian. He has the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to build bridges and collaborative relationships among stakeholders that are essential to our future,” said Evans. “We are excited about his vision for the TMD.”

About The San Diego Tourism Marketing District

The San Diego Tourism Marketing District (TMD) is a nonprofit, mutual-benefit corporation dedicated to improving lodging room night consumption in the City of San Diego. TMD provides a private, nonprofit funding vehicle to stimulate City of San Diego lodging room demand through tourism promotion, marketing and advertising programs. The judicious allocation of these resources creates a positive economic, fiscal and employment impact on lodging businesses in the City of San Diego. For more information, please visit:


Hotel Investment Group Inc. Announce Grand Opening

Hotel Investment Group Inc. is pleased to announce the grand opening of the 104-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites – San Diego – Mission Valley, an IHG Green Engage hotel. The hotel’s comprehensive state of the art guest rooms and public areas will officially open on May 21, 2015. Bobby Patel, Owner and CEO of Hotel Investment Group Inc. worked with Dempsey Construction to develop and complete the new eco-friendly and 100% smoke-free property situated on Hotel Circle South. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites – San Diego – Mission Valley is the first newly built Holiday Inn Express in San Diego in over a decade and is expected to establish its presence as the leader in upper limited service hotels.

Easily accessible from the San Diego International Airport and located approximately 3 miles from San Diego’s famous beaches, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – San Diego – Mission Valley is well set to cater to San Diego’s fast growing markets of business travelers and leisure tourists. The hotel is a short distance from all of San Diego’s most popular attractions including San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Old Town and the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. The Hotel Circle area is also conveniently located near downtown, the convention centers, major freeway access and public transportation.

The guest rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with the industry’s most modern amenities. Each room is equipped with the Holiday Inn Express’ popular luxury bedding package, refrigerators, microwaves, single serve K-cup coffee makers, a 48-inch LED flat screen TV and complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. The hotel proudly offers all guests the complimentary Express Start Breakfast located in the beautiful lobby which includes a variety of hot items far exceeding what is currently offered by competing hotel brands. The innovative “Open Air” Bistro design – the first of its kind – will invite San Diego’s legendary sunshine inside blending the urban design of the cabana desk, pool and lobby areas with its custom state of the art music and lighting system to create the perfect location for rest and relaxation. If you are traveling with your family on vacation or visiting San Diego for business, you will not be able to resist the charm of this unique concept.

For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank my family, staff, and contractor, for all their hard work in bringing this state of the art Holiday Inn Express to fruition. Your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated and it shows through and through in this amazing hotel. Great Job!!!”
-Bhavesh Patel, CEO

About Hotel Investment Group Inc.
Hotel Investment Group Inc. is owned and operated by CEO, Mr. Bhavesh “Bobby” Patel. A seasoned hotelier with ties to both Southern and Northern California, Mr. Patel operates properties in some of the most competitive markets in the country. With a majority of his property portfolio located in San Diego and the Bay Area, Mr. Patel operates franchise hotels affiliated with InterContinental and Wyndham Hotel Groups. The company is also in the process of creating the “Lifestyle Brand” – a truly unique concept aimed to provide a more personal experience inspired by the natural beauty and eclectic living of the property’s location. The newly opened Hotel Aqua Mar, located in Point Loma, and soon to be opened Hotel Iris in Hotel Circle is among the first of many boutique hotels opened under this concept. For more information on Hotel Investment Group, please visit:

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