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08/12/2015

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Marisa Blank is LATCB’s new Director of Convention Sales for the Northeast and Southeast Region. Marisa had spent her 18-year career working for Starwood Hotels for flagship brands including W, Sheraton and Westin, among others, in New York City and Washington D.C. Marisa will be based in the New York area and serves the NE territory that includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as North and South Carolina in the SE. Contact: [email protected]

playL.A. - New and Upcoming L.A. Attractions

08/12/2015

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Universal Studios Hollywood
announced the Spring 2016 arrival of the West Coast’s most anticipated entertainment experience “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and the introduction of the land’s signature attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” in hyper-realistic 3D-HD. Inspired by J. K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters and the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” delivers a fully immersive themed land that will bring the Harry Potter series to life with impeccable detail and precision. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point. Like its counterparts in Orlando and Japan, Hogwarts castle will sit at the heart of the themed land where the signature 3D-HD adventure ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™" will make its U.S. debut and take guests on a journey into many memorable scenes alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. The world will also feature an enchanting family coaster “Flight of the Hippogriff,” food and beverage offerings true to the series and retail shops that will add to the authenticity of the land.

L.A. in the News

08/12/2015

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A fresh new experience has arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with the recent completion of Terminal 5, reflecting the style of the city and its travelers. Delta Air Lines unveiled the terminal-wide refurbishment in June, including the airline’s first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE.


Delta ONE provides the most innovative premium check-in experience of any carrier at LAX. Customers flying in Delta One enter the terminal through a dedicated curbside entrance, leading to a private, modern check-in lounge with personalized luggage check, high-design atmosphere, and a refreshment bar. Customers also access a dedicated security checkpoint directly from the Delta ONE at LAX lounge. Additionally, a renovated Sky Club offers more space and an improved customer experience, including 100 additional seats; new shower suites and renovated bathrooms; an updated food area with cafe seating; and new furnishings and fixtures. New restaurants and shops in Terminal 5 feature celebrity chefs and retail brand names that reflect the cuisine, culture and lifestyle of Los Angeles.

Other Terminal 5 enhancements include 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. The $229-million Delta project was completed in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the City of Los Angeles and is the latest in the more than $8 billion overhaul of LAX.

stayL.A. - New and Refreshed Hotels

08/12/2015

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InterContinental Hotels Group will debut Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, a hip 350-room hotel being built at the end of 2016. The 18-story Hotel Indigo will be the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a $1 billion mixed-use development which will feature three residential towers and a curated retail experience. The property will sit at the heart of Downtown L.A., linking the Financial District to of L.A. LIVE. Design for the hotel will be inspired by its surrounding neighborhood and will focus on prominent narratives from Downtown’s past including Fiesta De Las Flores, the glamorous pre-Hollywood nightlife scene and the underground speakeasies of the roaring twenties.

Hotel Normandie lobby

Hotel Normandie: The Story of an L.A. Icon

08/11/2015

Sandi Hemmerlein

Situated only three miles in each direction from Downtown L.A. and the Miracle Mile, Koreatown has become a historic, cultural and entertainment destination, marked by the revival of architectural icons like the Hotel Normandie

City Hall viewed from Grand Park

The Sustainable City pLAn of Los Angeles

08/11/2015

The Sustainable City pLAn is a roadmap for a Los Angeles that is environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable in opportunity for all - now and over the next 20 years. The pLAn focuses on both short-term results and long term goals that will transform our city.

June 2015 Lodging Metrics

08/11/2015

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Los Angeles ranked 8th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 84.0%, up +1.1% compared to the same period last year (83.1%).

News & Notes - August 2015

08/10/2015

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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.

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