• City of Pasadena to Enhance Guest Experiences with Hotel Expansions

    POSTED December 14, 2017

With a multi-million-dollar renovation, Pasadena’s growing reputation as a hospitality leader for domestic and international event will feature more guest rooms, larger meeting spaces and new hotels!

Pasadena is quickly transforming into a year-round destination of choice during the holidays, and for business and meetings. “This is an exciting time for our community,” said Michael Ross, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Center Operating Company. “With more rooms, new meeting spaces and renovated hotels, Pasadena can accommodate a variety of conferences, conventions and entertainment options.”

Among all the changes, Sheraton Pasadena will undergo a $20 million renovation of guest rooms, lobby, and meeting spaces. Hilton Pasadena’s $25 million upgrade will include guest rooms, lobby, bar and meeting spaces. A recently completed $11 million guest room beautification at Westin Pasadena, construction of a rooftop pool, meeting space, fitness center and 30 new rooms at DusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena are just a few to name!

“The visitor economy in Pasadena is expanding,” Ross said. “And, it is generating new business as well as sales, jobs, income and tax revenues for the community.” A 2017 study done by Tourism Economics, found that tourism in Pasadena generation $120.4 million in tax revenues in 2016, including $66.6 million in state and local revenues.

Viewed on a global scale by 16.6 million people in over 200 countries, Pasadena was proud to host the overall finish of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. Other events during the year included the 48th NAACP Image Awards, Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, 22 tapings of “America’s Got Talent," and the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

“I am extremely proud of our staff and our committed board of directors. They continue to maintain and operate a world-class facility and provide excellent service to retain and grow our business,” PCOC Chairman Gene Gregg, Jr. said.

The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.


The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) recently announced its record-setting economic impact for the previous year. Los Angeles County’s 48.5 million visitors spent an all-time high in 2017, generating a record $34.9 billion in total economic impact (including $22.7 billion spent directly in the L.A. economy).


The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, unveiled its 2.21-megawatt solar array during a press conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The solar project contributes to the mission of Garcetti’s “Sustainable City pLAn” and AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s sustainability program established to reduce the company’s environmental impact.