NEWS & NOTES – JUNE 2014

06/10/2014

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The Los Angeles City Council has approved $10 million in short-term enhancements for the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). The improvements will begin later this year, and include aesthetic improvements of the interior of the Concourse Hall, Concourse Walkway, and Hall G, H, J, and K lobby areas; complete renovation of the LACC’s Theater; upgraded dimmable lighting controls for meeting rooms; and upgrades to the air-walls, HVAC, escalators, elevators and security systems. A new energy-efficient “green roof” will be installed on the South Hall to help keep the building cool while reducing energy usage.

The City Council also approved the "Plan B" concept to modernize and expand the LACC. The City and LACC developed “Plan B” as a parallel path to AEG's "Plan A" proposal to build an NFL football stadium and modernize LACC, which is contingent upon NFL agreeing to place a team in L.A. Under Plan B, a design contest would be held for more than two dozen architectural firms happening this year.

April 2014 Lodging Metrics

06/09/2014

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  • Los Angeles ranked 5th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 80.4%, up +3.9% compared to the same period last year (77.4%). 
  • Los Angeles ADR was $144.91 and ranked 8th among the Top 25 Markets, up +4.7% compared to the same period last year ($138.36).
  • Los Angeles RevPAR was $116.47 and ranked 8th among the Top 25 Markets, up +8.8% compared to the same period last year ($107.04).
  • Rooms nights sold were 2.34 million countywide, reflecting a +4.4% increase over April 2013 (2.24 million room nights). 
  • The LAX area (87.3%) and Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (86.9%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month.  
  • Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (+15.1%) and South Bay (+14.1%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

  

Where to Watch the World Cup in Los Angeles

06/05/2014

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The 20th FIFA World Cup is taking place in 12 cities across Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. Los Angeles is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, so bars and restaurants throughout the city are gearing up to host World Cup viewing parties. No matter which country you're rooting for, our handy graphic guide features restaurants and bars across Los Angeles where you'll feel right at home: CLICK HERE

Words from Wooden – June 2014

06/05/2014

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As the summer travel season heats up, I am proud to share some significant positive news for Los Angeles’ tourism community, as well as continuing high levels of hotel occupancy, new hotel openings and more.

Discover the Los Angeles Theatre Scene

06/03/2014

Shane Scheel

A night out at the theatre is a great way to get out of your neighborhood and discover this incredible city. Los Angeles is home to a wealth of talented artists, producers and arts organizations. What makes our theatre scene so special is that the best of the best come to Hollywood to act, sing, write, direct and design for television and film. In between jobs, many artists are looking to reconnect to their live performance roots, and L.A. audiences benefit from that passion to perform. A number of incredible theatre companies have emerged throughout the years and have put L.A. on the map as a major player in new American theatre. From blockbusters at the Pantages Theatre to unique performances such as For the Record: Tarantino at DBA, there’s something for everyone in L.A.’s exciting theatre scene.

Negroni Week in Los Angeles: June 2-8, 2014

06/02/2014

Daniel Djang

The second annual Negroni Week is taking place across the country and around the world from June 2-8, 2014. During Negroni Week, participating bars - over 1,200 as this post goes live - are mixing up Negronis and donating at least $1 from each cocktail sold to a charity of their choice. Campari has announced that it will donate $10,000 to the qualified charity of the bar or restaurant that raises the most money during this year’s Negroni Week.

Besides the classic Negroni - made with gin, Campari, sweet vermouth - imbibers can look forward to variations like the Negroni No. 9 at Rivera, and special events like the Negroni Soirée, taking place at Harlowe on Tuesday, June 3.

Following are just a few of the dozens of participating bars and restaurants in Los Angeles. Check the Negroni Week website for a complete list of participating bars, then follow the social media action via Imbibe Magazine’s Twitter and Instagram feeds, and the #NegroniWeek hashtag. Cheers!

The Best Restaurants & Bars in Highland Park

05/30/2014

Javier Cabral

The community of Highland Park in Northeast Los Angeles (aka NELA) is home to an ideal mix of both old-school Latin American resident traditions and the contemporary dining trends that cater to the area’s growing new wave of younger residents. This means that within a one-mile radius you can find boldly seasoned Yucatan-style Cochinita Pibil tacos and a perfectly frothy cappuccino made with hemp milk. Many of the new business owners opening up in Highland Park have strong ties to the community, so the sense of pride is particularly strong. Add to all of this, the attractive five-minute driving distances to Pasadena, Downtown, Silver Lake and Glendale; the tree-lined rolling hills; and the Metro Rail Gold Line stop located in the middle of town, and you can see why Highland Park is a serious contender for the best neighborhood in Los Angeles. Here are the top ten places to eat, drink and experience Highland Park's local flavor.

Hidden Gems in Silver Lake

05/30/2014

Esther Tseng

Silver Lake is one of L.A.'s most featured neighborhoods, named after one of two reservoirs around which it was drawn. Sunset Junction, Silver Lake's urban center, is located at the intersection of Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards, two main L.A. streets that otherwise run parallel all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Until the mid-1950s, the Junction served as the site of the branching of two inter-urban railway lines. The neighborhood was also home to Walt Disney's first large studio from 1925 to 1939, located at Hyperion Avenue and Griffith Park Boulevard. Since then, the area has become renowned as a community that’s continuously in flux, home to a population that is diverse even by Los Angeles County's multicultural standards. Despite all the recent Silver Lake media coverage, it can still be hard to find the lesser known places worth visiting. Read on to discover Silver Lake’s must-see hidden gems.

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05/29/2014

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