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Lodging Metrics - December 2014


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 •  Los Angeles ranked 7th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 67.5%, up +1.6% compared to the same period last year (66.4%).
 • Los Angeles ADR was $138.46 and ranked 6th among the Top 25 Markets, up +6.7% compared to the same period last year ($129.71).
 • Los Angeles RevPAR was $93.44 and ranked 6th among the Top 25 Markets, up +8.5% compared to the same period last year ($86.14).
• Rooms nights sold were 2.05 million countywide, reflecting a +2.5% increase over December 2013 (2.00 million room nights).
• The LAX area (75.2%) and South Bay (69.9%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month. 
•  Long Beach (+19.1%) and L.A. Southeast (+12.1%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

There's a New Top Chef in Town


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After an intense season of culinary feats, Mei Lin takes home Bravo TV's coveted "Top Chef" title and becomes the third woman in the show’s history to win the honor.

LATCB at Work - February 2015


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Around the world, in town, and on the web, LATCB is working to help grow and support the Los Angeles tourism community and keep the world coming to L.A.

News & Notes - February 2015


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The list of top destinations on social media for December 2014 was revealed last week by, the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel. Los Angeles Tourism climbed to the top 10 list for overall social media performance as calculated by the Skift team, which uses massive amounts of raw data collected from the four major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Los Angeles Tourism joins an impressive list comprised of only one other U.S. city (Philadelphia), three U.S. states (Florida, Colorado and Georgia) as well as the countries of Australia and Argentina. Our fantastic Digital Marketing team continues to be at the forefront of these important mediums as Discover Los Angeles has the most Instagram followers among U.S. cities and was the first U.S. city tourism board to exceed 1 million Facebook likes in 2012. To read the entire list of top destinations on social media click here.

Living room of Hollyhock House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Reopens


Daniel Djang

Following a multimillion-dollar restoration, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, an iconic architectural masterpiece in the heart of Barnsdall Park, is celebrating its official reopening on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome

Go On Location: Oscar-Winning Best Picture Locations in Los Angeles


Lindsay Blake

Los Angeles has been home to the Academy Awards ever since the very first ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Eight Oscar trophies were handed out that night, including one to “Wings” for Outstanding Picture. In the ensuing decades, numerous Best Picture winners have filmed in L.A. Read on for a list of ten memorable Oscar-winning movie locations that are found in the City of Angels.

Palm tree in Santa Monica

A Letter to Boston from L.A.


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Hey Boston, I heard you broke up with Snow the other day. Come out to the West Coast and let’s have some fun in the sun. It's a three-day weekend and the forecast is in the 80s!

dineL.A. Winners Announced


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After another successful dineL.A. Restaurant Week, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is pleased to announce the winners of our two dineL.A. giveaways. Congratulations to both winners!

Harry Shum Jr. at the Do Something Awards

Harry Shum Jr.'s Los Angeles


Los Angeles Magazine

Interview by Izumi Hasegawa

Professional dancer turned actor Harry Shum Jr. has shown his ability on the hit TV series “Glee.” Now he has a new adventure: a dramatic role with his Chinese heritage on the new film “Revenge of the Green Dragons.” Born in Costa Rica with a father from mainland China and a mother from Hong Kong, Harry was raised in San Francisco and has been enjoying L.A. life very much.

Yakitori at Hinotori

Top 10 Yakitori Restaurants in Los Angeles


Clarissa Wei

In Japan, yakitori refers to bite-sized chicken meat or offal, strung on bamboo sticks and cooked over charcoal until beautiful crisp grill marks appear. In the states, that term has expanded to describe restaurants that serve grilled Japanese skewers. Also known as izakaya restaurants, meals at these places are fast, casual affairs that are usually paired with a sizeable glass of beer. Charcoal is the preferred cooking method because the ash radiates infrared rays to help seal in the flavor. Typically, the skewer is then dressed with salt or basted with yuzu or a sweet soy sauce. When it comes to yakitori, it’s all about the flavor. Here are 10 great yakitori restaurants in Los Angeles.