• Lonely Planet Named Los Angeles Best In Travel

     
    POSTED November 10, 2016
     

Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2017 is a prestigious list of some of the world’s greatest travel destinations. This year, Los Angeles was named a top US city travel destination, and overall ranked third in the world.

“We are humbled to say that Los Angeles is having a moment. 2015 was our fifth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism, as we welcomed 45.6 million visitors from around the globe, and 2016 is pacing to be yet another banner year,” says Don Skeoch, chief marketing officer, Discover Los Angeles. “Our culinary scene is positively thriving, thanks in part to the city’s celebration of diversity and creativity, new ‘it’ neighborhoods are constantly emerging, and visitors are more attracted to the ‘L.A. lifestyle’ than ever before.”

Every year, Lonely Planet writers and travel experts visit each location, and report on popular travel trends and destinations for the upcoming year.

Los Angeles was the highest ranked city in the US, and beat out destinations, like Merida, Mexico and Portland, Ore.

"With more museums and theaters than any other U.S. city, L.A. has been gaining steam as a cultural destination," says Tom Hall, editorial director, Lonely Planet. "While it's far from a surprising travel destination, the 2016 Metro expansion has made it easier to get around than ever before, and there are dozens of new hotels in the works—great reasons for travelers to pay a visit in 2017."

After many delays and budget overruns, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has finally opened. It’s a blockbuster, with enough dazzle, beauty and innovation to, arguably, justify its $484 million cost. And, in good news for meeting planners, the event space here is gorgeous!

 

Fellow, a gorgeous new restaurant and private event venue (capacity 650) in West Los Angeles, takes a sustainable and serious approach to its cocktail program. Bar director Adam Fournier, the  2021 U.S. World Class Bartender of the Year, repurposes kitchen and bar produce into cordials and kitchen stocks.

 

Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales and services for L.A. Tourism, is feeling bullish on the future of meetings and conventions in Los Angeles. Here’s what he had to say in a recent chat with California Meetings + Events.

CAM+E: It’s great to hear that groups of all sizes can now meet in Los Angeles. Are large groups being cautious about gathering again, or are you seeing signs of a robust and quick recovery?