*The second phase of the $100 million Queensway Bay Project to redevelop 300 acres of Long Beach oceanfront broke ground last spring. The project will include an entertainment, dining, and retail area targeted for completion in May.
*Miami-based Carnival Corp. has agreed to construct and operate a cruise ship terminal in Long Beach next to the Queen Mary, with completion in spring.
*The Long Beach Museum of Art has opened the Ocean View Room, which can host events of up to 170 people.
*In March the Hyatt Regency San Diego began an 875-room tower expansion, scheduled to open in 2001. The property has 45,500 square feet of conference space and 25,192 square feet of exhibit space.
*Also new in San Diego, the 252-room Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter opened in the historic district last May.
*In Newport Beach, the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center opened in mid-October in the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. Events for up to 300 persons can reserve the exhibit area, outdoor plaza, and Birds Nest Amphitheater.
*The 360-room Bacara Resort & Spa opened in September in Santa Barbara County, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. In-room features include two-line phones, high-speed Internet access, and DVD players. The beachfront property offers 25,500 square feet of meeting space, including the 11,300-square-foot Grand Ballroom, a 220-seat screening room, and an IACC-compliant conference center. A highlight of the property is its 42,000-square-foot spa.