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News & Notes - December 2014


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More than 2,100 exhibition and events industry professionals gathered in Los Angeles to take part in networking, education sessions and a bustling floor show at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Expo! Expo!. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Dec. 9-11, the three-day event kicked off with welcome remarks by L.A. Tourism’s Ernest Wooden Jr. and Mayor Eric Garcetti, who issued a proclamation underscoring the value of conventions to Los Angeles. L.A. Tourism’s opening and closing receptions at the L.A. LIVE campus and host-hotel JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE showcased the destination, while all four Marriott properties at L.A. LIVE — the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles, JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Residence Inn Los Angeles Downtown and Courtyard Los Angeles Downtown — housed show organizers and attendees for the event.

L.A. Tourism also hosted a pre-IAEE Expo! Expo! 2014 customer familiarization event from Dec. 7-8. The FAM showcased Downtown Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood, Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Omni Hotel Los Angeles California Plaza, The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, The O Hotel, Red Line Tours, STAPLES Center, the Los Angeles Lakers, Grand Central Market, Six Taste Food Tours and Perch LA.

Finally, L.A. Tourism partnered with IAEE to offer city tours to more than 100 IAEE Expo! Expo! attendees highlighting Downtown Los Angeles on the Starline Hop On Hop Off Tour, which stopped at Olvera Street and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“Hosting decision-makers for the $11 billion exhibitions and events industry for IAEE ‘s Expo! Expo! in L.A. is a huge coup for our destination,” said Wooden. “Expo! Expo! along with our new media campaign targeting meetings and conventions delivers the message that our year-round warm weather and blue skies, wide variety of top-notch venues and hotels, exciting culinary scene, glamorous shopping, nightlife, museums, and the allure of Hollywood, make Los Angeles a perfect meetings destination.”

Conventions mean big business for Los Angeles. Through 2028, Los Angeles has 164 conventions on the books with an expected economic impact of more than $2.3 billion. A study is being conducted to measure IAEE’s financial impact on the local economy. 

October 2014 Lodging Metrics


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• Los Angeles ranked 6th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 80.3%, up +2.8% compared to the same period last year (78.1%).
• Los Angeles ADR was $150.56 and ranked 9th among the Top 25 Markets, up +8.7% compared to the same period last year ($138.46).
• Los Angeles RevPAR was $120.92 and ranked 6th among the Top 25 Markets, up +11.8% compared to the same period last year ($108.18).
• Rooms nights sold were 2.44 million countywide, reflecting a +4.4% increase over October 2013 (2.34 million room nights).
• The LAX area (86.1%) and Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (85.3%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month. 
•  LA North (+17.7%) and South Bay (+16.2%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

Tamal at La Luz Del Dia

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles


Javier Cabral

For many Mexican and Central American families, a feast of tamales on Christmas Eve is as essential as dining on turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s not just about eating the tamales, but also about the bonding experience, since the process of making tamales is long and laborious. Family members take turns applying the seasoned nixtamalized maize paste - historically credited as one of civilization’s earliest forms of processing a food - on dozens of softened corn husks or banana leaves. Fortunately for Angelenos, there’s a plethora of restaurants that specialize in making tamales almost as good as mamá's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If there’s one thing you should count on unwrapping for Christmas in L.A., it’s a tamal.

Jackson Market and Deli in Culver City

Hidden Gems in Culver City


Esther Tseng

From its inception and then incorporation by Harry Culver in the early 1900s to the renovation and revitalization of its downtown that began in the 90s, Culver City is a city rich with motion picture, television and aviation history. Metro Goldwyn Mayer built their studios there in the 1920s; the facility later became Sony Pictures Studios. Howard Hughes opened his Hughes Aircraft plant in 1941 - at one time it was the largest employer in Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Entertainment is Culver City’s largest employer to date.

Iconic films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Gone with the Wind," a portion of "Grease" and the Tarzan series were filmed in Culver City. By the early 2000s, parts of the Hughes empire had been purchased by or merged with General Motors, Boeing, NewsCorp and Raytheon, but Culver City’s imprint on aviation is evident throughout Martin Scorsese’s biopic, "The Aviator."

Read on to learn about the lesser-known destinations worth seeking out in “The Heart of Screenland.”

Biscuits at Willie Jane

The Best Biscuits in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Many people associate biscuit mastery with the South, but the baked good, which is best when flaky and loaded with either butter or lard, has become popular across the nation. Now L.A. chefs are earning biscuit cred at a rapid clip. Learn about a baker’s dozen of the best biscuits in Los Angeles which are joined by a wide range of accompaniments.

Picanha (top sirloin) at Fogo de Chão

Ten Los Angeles Restaurants That are Great for Group Dining


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Whether it’s the holidays, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, there are occasions that call for more than a quiet corner table. Fortunately, there are restaurants throughout Los Angeles that offer multicultural options for shared plates and family-style menus. Read on for some of the best restaurants in L.A. to go with friends and family.

Jerry Gergich house from "Parks and Recreation"

Go On Location: Holiday Movie & TV Locations in Los Angeles


Lindsay Blake

It’s that time of year when we deck the halls and untangle the twinkle lights. That’s right, it’s Christmas in the City of Angels. Get into the spirit of the season by taking a tour of iconic holiday movie and television locations. Though it hasn’t snowed in L.A. since 1962 and the city’s massive concentration of palm trees doesn’t exactly scream winter, Los Angeles is home to many classic Yuletide filming sites. Read on for 10 famous holiday movie and TV locations.