Los Angeles Tourism has Record-Breaking Year

  • 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."

Sonesta Silicon Valley has been making some big changes. From significant updates to their communal spaces and guest rooms to a new restaurant opening in late November, the hotel has much to be excited about. So much so that this December, to celebrate the launch of the new Sonesta Event Center, the hotel will be offering a complimentary meeting package for up to 50 people. 

 

Visit Newport Beach released its new marketing campaign highlighting the destination management organization’s dedication to the small meetings market. Debuted at the 2019 IMEX America show, the concept focuses specifically on the planner and the VIP treatment that they can expect from Visit Newport Beach and the city’s hospitality community.

 

This September, Los Angeles Airport Marriott is beginning the final stage of their $50-million renovations.  

The redesign includes more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space alongside a maximum capacity of 2,500 people. The hotel will be set to host parties of any nature, including Corporate events, conventions, company retreats, holiday parties, banquets, exhibitions, workshops, and everything in between.