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Signature Drink: Mr. Plant

The Mr. Plant cocktail is named for Robert Plant, legendary vocalist and lyricist of Led Zeppelin. He is one of many rock legends, including The Doors, The Who and The Rolling Stones, who used to stay at the hotel that was known as Riot House back in the day. Reports have it that Plant shouted “I am a golden god!” from a hotel balcony overlooking the Sunset Strip, inspiring the well-known scene from the movie Almost Famous. Mr. Plant has been a house favorite at the hotel since. After changing hands several times, it became Andaz West Hollywood in 2009.

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Announce 47.3 Million Visitors

According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr., Los Angeles had a record 47.3 million visitors in 2016.

This is the sixth consecutive year they have broken visitation records. The new record is 1.7 million visitors higher than 2015’s total—an increase of 3.8 percent from the previous year.

Dream Hollywood’s Executive Management Team Appointed

Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group has announced three new hospitality executives to lead Dream Hollywood in Los Angeles: Ayo Akinsete as general manager, Kendall Viola as director of sales and marketing, and Carly Skinner as manager. The team will lead the hotel through its February 2017 launch.

LA Starts the Year with Blockbuster News

We’re only a couple of weeks into 2017, and already there’s tons of good news to celebrate in Los Angeles. (Some of it, however, comes at the expense of other great California cities.) The Chargers announced that they would be relocating from San Diego to LA beginning with the 2017 NFL season. Just 12 months earlier, the Rams had returned to Los Angeles after 20 years in St. Louis. And, so, after more than 20 years without an NFL team, LA suddenly has two.

How to Cultivate Happiness in 2017

To begin 2017 with optimism and purpose, I took a class on Jan. 1 called “Mindful Intention for the New Year” at The DEN, a meditation center right in the middle of LA’s very busy La Brea Avenue. I wasn’t alone in seeking a positive beginning. The class was packed, a solid sea of meditation cushions.

So, for this first blog post of the year, I thought I’d share some tips from a recent chat I had with Joseph Emet, PhD, author of Finding the Blue Sky: A Mindful Approach to Choosing Happiness Here and Now.

A Las Vegas Sneak Peek in Los Angeles

We couldn’t make it to Sin City for the opening of W Las Vegas on Dec. 1, so we did the next best thing and enjoyed a sneak peek here in Tinseltown when the new property brought its neon glow to W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills for one night. There were Elvis impersonators, aqua acrobats encased in bubbles performing in the hotel’s swimming pool, show girls in all their feathered glory, cocktails and, of course, games of chance

How to Get the Most Out of Event Photography

Posed for perfection and moving beyond "say cheese."

Lonely Planet Named Los Angeles Best In Travel

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.

Discover Los Angeles Launches Innovative Virtual Reality Platform

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.  

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