L.A. Story Spotlight: Donelle Dadigan


Discover Los Angeles

Visitors should set aside at least an hour to explore the museum, which includes Max Factor’s world-famous make-up rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball became everyone’s favorite redhead. Displays include everything from Max Factor’s unique “Beauty Calibration Machine” to Monroe’s million-dollar dress and Hannibal Lecter’s cell from The Silence of the Lambs.

“My mother was an educator, my father was an educator, and I was an educator,” says Dadigan. “So my mother and I, we realized - harkening back to our times of being school teachers - that the best way for us to get our children and our students to be interested in the subject that we were teaching was that we had to entertain them. If we entertain them, they couldn’t help but open their minds to what they were being taught.”

She continues, “So we felt if we take that component and put it in a museum, showcasing what we think is the number one export of Los Angeles - Hollywood - we couldn’t help but have an opportunity for visitors from all the around the world to come and see this.”

Mount Malindang Pork Ribs & Riblets at The Park’s Finest

Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

No matter what anybody claims, grilled meat is not barbecue. Other restaurants call items BBQ when the meat has clearly been roasted. Barbecue requires slow-cooking meat with wood smoke until the protein becomes infused with flavor. With that in mind, here are 10 of the best smoke-buffeted stops in Los Angeles.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Dieter Foerstner


Daniel Djang

Dieter Foerstner, the Head Brewer at Angel City Brewing in Downtown Los Angeles, is carrying on the tradition of his great-grandfather, who brewed at some of L.A.'s historic breweries.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Maria Paredes


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Maria Paredes, a long time team member at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, represents the thousands of unsung heroes in the hotel industry who make guests want to return to a particular hotel again and again.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

L.A.'s Global Cultural Museums


Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, and there are spectacular museums throughout the city that reflect this global influence.



Los Angeles Tourism

From April 1-30, the LATCB International Team hosted four FAM trips to allow travel trade professionals to experience L.A.’s attractions and our members and partners in person, with groups from Australia (3 guests), Japan (11 guests), and the U.K. (10 guests). 



Los Angeles Tourism

Join us for the next LATCB monthly Member Mixer coming up on Thursday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Rose Bowl Stadium located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and networking with your industry peers. Our monthly Member Mixers are a great opportunity to meet many of your fellow LATCB members from a wide variety of L.A.-area tourism and hospitality businesses, while enjoying some of the L.A. area’s unique venues. Mark your calendar!

March 2014 Lodging Metrics


  • Los Angeles ranked 9th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 80.3%, up +5.3% compared to the same period last year (76.3%).
  • Los Angeles ADR was $141.60 and ranked 8th among the Top 25 Markets, up +6.8% compared to the same period last year ($132.63).
  • Los Angeles RevPAR was $113.76 and ranked 7th among the Top 25 Markets, up +12.5 compared to the same period last year ($101.15).
  • Rooms nights sold were 2.42 million countywide, reflecting a +5.9% increase over March 2013 (2.28 million room nights).
  • The LAX area (87.4%) and Hollywood/Beverly Hills (84.5%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month. 
  • Pasadena/Glendale/Burbank (+17.4%) and Los Angeles East (+17.0%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.



Los Angeles Tourism

During National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3 – 11), LATCB President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. announced tourism’s multi-billion spending, employment and tax revenue contributions to L.A.’s economy. The record 42.2 million visitors that Los Angeles welcomed in 2013 spent $18.4 billion directly in L.A.’s economy, 5.5 % more than the $17.4 billion in 2012. As that direct spending worked its way through businesses, salaries and households, it resulted in a total economic impact of $28.3 billion, 4.3% more than $27.2 billion in 2012.