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Interested in Selling Your Hotel for a Day ?
One Hoteliers Creative Bash Idea for New Year's Eve

By Lori Weisberg, The San Diego Union-Tribune
October 28, 2010

The owner of a boutique hotel in downtown's Little Italy is banking on a high roller or just someone with money to burn to buy his property for a day -- on eBay.

If you're willing to ante up as much as $160,000 (the hotel's "buy it now" price), you can throw the New Year's Eve party of your dreams, complete with a VIP shindig, rooftop gathering for 300 that includes a DJ and open bar, and overnight stays in the hotel's 189 rooms and suites.

The management team for the Porto Vista Hotel came up with novel auction idea while brainstorming plans for New Year's Eve. When owner Moe Siry was told about it, he quickly embraced the promotion.

The 189-room Porto Vista Hotel has a rooftop deck that can be used for a party of 300 guests.
"Our hotel is owned by one person, and as we were brainstorming about what New Year's Eve is all about and what it feels like to be an owner and to have your own VIP area and to have everybody know your name and be treated like an owner, we thought, what if we allowed someone else to own our hotel on New Year's," said Debi Besmer, principal strategist with Above 30,000 Feet, a hospitality firm that manages Porto Vista Hotel.

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Lori Weisberg, Staff Writer
San Diego Union-Tribune
350 Camino de la Reina
San Diego, CA  92102

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