• Los Angeles Tourism has Record-Breaking Year

     
    POSTED May 9, 2019
     
  • Los Angeles Tourism has Record-Breaking Year

     
    POSTED May 9, 2019
     
  • Los Angeles Tourism has Record-Breaking Year

     
    POSTED May 9, 2019
     
  • Los Angeles Tourism has Record-Breaking Year

     
    POSTED May 9, 2019
     

Los Angeles had a record-breaking year for visitor spending and economic impact in 2018. With visitor spending up $1.2 billion since 2017 (5 percent increase) and economic impact up $1.7 billion (4.9 percent increase), this year was the eighth consecutive year of growth in visitation, spending and impact.

"LA's tourism growth in 2018 can be attributed to several factors including a 3.6 percent increase in international seat capacity at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), nearly 2,000 new rooms added to the destination’s hotel inventory, L.A.’s growing reputation as a hot culinary and cultural destination, and LA Tourism’s latest global campaign, ‘LA Loves’ which extended and amplified a message of welcome and hospitality following the acclaimed ‘Everyone is Welcome’ initiative," says Darren K. Green, SVP of sales for Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.

Green says their latest visitation forecast indicates they will continue this positive growth in 2019, which will be the ninth consecutive year of milestones for LA's tourism industry. 

"Travelers generated a record $308 million in transient occupancy tax collections (TOT) for the City of LA, an 8.7 percent year-over-year increase," Green says. "These dollars have become one of the fastest growing revenue sources for the City, used to fund local street repair, making them safer for all, as well as fire protection, recreational and cultural services such as public arts programming."

With so much to do, Green says LA is the ideal place for meetings and events. "Our destination’s incredible wealth of intellectual capital, mix of ‘only-in-LA’ venues and immersive neighborhoods are all compelling reasons to meet in LA," he says. "Los Angeles is a destination that is aspirational for many, truly offering something for every taste and interest."

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

PCMA will be offering networking opportunities and education sessions for professionals at the 2019 EduCon on June 25-28 in Los Angeles. EduCon provides a more focused and practical approach to learning in smaller-scale, collaborative education sessions, allowing more than 800 business events professionals to network and learn more about the industry.

 

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has partnered with Portraits of Hope (POH) to create a mural designed by local youth POH participants. POH is a nonprofit founded with the purpose of providing creative therapy for hospitalized children. With geometric shapes as the core design element of the project, the mural, "Shaping LA" is representative of the future of the city as told by the work of tomorrow's leaders.