News & Notes - August 2015


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The Longines Masters of Los Angeles is one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions worldwide, welcoming the world’s top show jumpers and equine athletes to compete for $1 million in prize money at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 1-4. Last year’s inaugural event was a tremendous success and immediately rated as the number one indoor show jumping competition according to the North American Riders Group. The Longines Masters of Los Angeles will once again bring together 30,000 spectators for four unforgettable days of top-level equestrian sport, heart-pounding emotion, and an unparalleled class of entertainment and glamour.

In addition to the competition, spectators can attend a magnificent dressage exhibition and Master Classes given by the best international riders, dine on refined cuisine, enjoy live music in the exquisite lounge, and explore the Prestige Village with its Kids Corner and shops from exclusive international brand partners. For more information, click here.

DMAI’s Finance, Operations and Technology Summit is an annual gathering of senior level DMO leadership in finance, operations and technology taking place in Los Angeles September 15-18, 2015. Recognizing the benefit of integrating cross-functional disciplines, the Summit offers a multi-perspective to advance operational excellence at DMOs.  From survey feedback, past attendees have stated they find great benefit in attending all three days even though one’s own immediate role and responsibilities does not include another functional area, directly.

Through increased understanding of each other’s issues and goals, which is critical in today’s workplace environment, Summit participants walk away with a more strategic perspective to advance their DMO’s objectives and to better manage operations and human capital. The collective knowledge exchanged and thus gained through peer-to-peer networking and established partnerships is a year-round endeavor. Read more here.

Los Angeles has been awarded the Overseas Meeting & Incentive City of the Year by Travel Weekly China for the 2015 China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards. The awards ceremony took place August 4 at the W Beijing Channg’an and L.A. Tourism representative Kate Chang was attended to receive the award on the organization’s behalf.

Words from Wooden - August 2015


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The world’s spotlight once again shined on the City of Angels as we successfully hosted the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. I wanted to take a moment to thank you, our local hospitality and tourism businesses, for rolling out our signature L.A. red carpet and ensuring our celebrated guests had a memorable experience. 

Hosting the largest sports and humanitarian event in Los Angeles was truly an honor and we should all be proud of its success. The largest single event staged in the city since the 1984 Olympic Games, we welcomed 6,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 165 countries; and let’s not forget the hundreds of thousands of spectators, supporters and volunteers who all played crucial roles.

We, the community of Los Angeles, are incredibly thankful for this opportunity and should all be very proud that we came together and provided the stage to celebrate the spirit, courage, talents and achievements of these special athletes.

I hope to see you all at our third annual Market Outlook Forum next Thursday, August 20. This strategic forecasting conference will help you capitalize on L.A.’s record tourism growth and prepare you to welcome the millions of future L.A. visitors.

There’s only a few days left to register – and don’t forget, this year’s Market Outlook Forum is complimentary to all members. You’ll walk away with LATCB’s proprietary Marketing and Planning Resource, a critical tool filled with exclusive L.A. market analysis, visitor profiles, spending habits and other market information that will help you make strategic business decisions.

As always, LATCB will be here, working on behalf of all of our members and partners to keep the world coming to Los Angeles.
Best wishes,

Ernest Wooden Jr.
President and CEO
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

News & Notes - July 2015


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Out Now Global, an Australian research firm, predicted enormous growth in LGBT travel to the United States as a result of the recent landmark Supreme Court decision that established gay marriage as a fully legal right in the U.S. The firm predicts LGBT tourism will likely increase by 9 percent over the next three years, creating an influx of 1.3 LGBT tourists spending more than $4.25 billion over that same period. Seven key LGBT markets were surveyed including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Each country showed an increase of LGBT visitors of between 9 and 11 percent. Brazil showed the largest projected increase with 465,000 visitors.

The Metro Expo Line extension (Phase 2) from Culver City to Santa Monica is nearly 90 percent complete and is on pace to open by spring 2016. The extension, a 6.6-mile corridor, will connect Downtown L.A. to the beach in an estimated 46 minutes. The project is expected to carry up to 64,000 people by 2030 with the addition of Santa Monica to the existing line.

Air China recently launched the airline’s third daily nonstop service from Beijing to Los Angeles. With the launch, Air China also began operations at LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Air China is the only airline with nonstop service between the two cities.

The experience at LAX's Terminal 5 now reflects the style of L.A. and its travelers as Delta Air Lines unveiled the completion of a three-year terminal wide refurbishment, including the airline’s first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE. The $229-million project included enhancements such as new jet bridges; a renovated Sky Priority lobby; an expanded ticketing lobby and four additional security screening checkpoints; and new baggage carousels and international baggage recheck facilities.

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Lodging Metrics April 2015


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Los Angeles ranked 7th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 79.5%, relatively flat (-0.9%) compared to the same period last year (80.2%).