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41,000 expected at Oracle conference

Traffic-congested Howard Street near San Francisco’s Moscone Center is closed for nine days to accommodate the Oracle OpenWorld conference taking place Sunday through Thursday.

The conference — setup began Thursday — should bring $50 million in revenue and 41,000 people to San Francisco will shut Howard between Third and Fourth streets until 9 a.m. Oct. 28, said Oracle representative Kimberly Pineda. Two lanes northbound on Howard between Fourth and Fifth streets will close at 7 a.m. Sunday through Oct. 26.

San Francisco police patrols and detour signs will direct traffic, according to Muni spokeswoman Maggie Lynch, and the California Department of Transportation will display electronic signs notifying motorists on highways.

Larkspur Hospitality buys S.F.’s Cartwright Hotel

Corte Madera hotel company Larkspur Hospitality acquired its first San Francisco property, the 114-room Cartwright Hotel, 524 Sutter St., near Union Sqaure in San Francisco. Financial details weren’t disclosed. The hotel recently underwent a $2.5 million renovation to refurbish its guest rooms and public spaces. Larkspur, established in 1996, owns and operates 17 hotels.

Qantas offers fares of $119 from S.F. to Vancouver

Australian airline Qantas is offering nonstop, one-way economyflights between San Francisco and Vancouver, Canada during the first 10 days of December starting at $119. There are restrictions. For more information, contact a travel professional or Qantas at (800) 227-4691 or visit the Web site at www.Qantas.com/us.

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