• Discover Los Angeles Launches Innovative Virtual Reality Platform

     
    POSTED October 28, 2016
     

During this year’s IMEX America in Las Vegas Oct. 18–20, the  Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board launched Virtual Discovery L.A., a virtual reality travel platform that gives meeting professionals an immersive 360-degree viewing experience of 50-plus  venues and locations across Los Angeles—the most comprehensive virtual tour of any place on the planet.  

In partnership with XplorIt—a virtual technology-focused company—L.A. Tourism’s new program takes meeting professionals throughout the city’s attractions and popular destinations to help plan prospective meetings, receptions and events in Los Angeles. Venues such as L.A. LIVE, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Getty Center, The Studios at Paramount, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Petersen Automotive Museum and L.A. Memorial Coliseum can be found in the platform.

Up-to-date information such as venue capacities and square footage is available for each virtual location along with insightful video vignettes. The platform can be viewed directly on a smartphone, desktop or tablet, and also used with a VR viewer such as Google Cardboard. 

Virtual Discovery L.A. will soon be accessible through L.A. Tourism’s forthcoming free mobile application. The app, which will debut in early November 2016, will reflect the website’s design and features for meeting professionals who want to conduct business in Los Angeles directly from their smartphone or tablet.

“Following last year’s launch of our acclaimed meetla.com website, L.A. Tourism continues to elevate the destination’s meeting planning process with an immersive virtual travel experience for all generations of the meeting community,” says Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales, L.A. Tourism. “Planners can use Virtual Discovery L.A. to conveniently explore a variety of L.A.’s premier venues in a virtual setting and easily navigate the regions of Los Angeles like never before.”

Virtual Discovery L.A. can be accessed by visiting http://bit.ly/virtualLA.

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.

 

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300.