Dim sum at King Hua

The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles


Tony Chen

The Cantonese style of food known as dim sum - bite-sized or individual portions of food, typically served in steamer baskets or small plates - is a breakfast and brunch experience enjoyed around the world. Dim sum is associated with the ancient Silk Road tradition of yum cha (“drink tea”), so when friends and family go to a Chinese restaurant for dim sum it’s referred to as yum cha. Los Angeles, the gateway to Asia-Pacific travelers and the home of the second largest Chinese-American population, offers plentiful dim sum options. From historic Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles to the Chinese enclaves of the San Gabriel Valley, read on for some of the best dim sum restaurants in the L.A. area.

Metro Rail Pershing Square Station

Metro Fare Changes Beginning September 15, 2014


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Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Metro is implementing new fare changes that will include for the first time a two-hour period of free transfers on Metro's bus and rail system when using a stored value TAP card to pay for the base fare.

"I Was a Botox Junkie" in the Arts District

Discover Los Angeles Street Art Car Free


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From its origins in the 1960s, street art has become an established worldwide art movement. Los Angeles artists were among the pioneers of this art form, and today L.A. has thousands of street murals depicting life via artistic styles that can range from classical to modern, and impressionistic to punk and hip-hop. Few areas of L.A. provide a more condensed collection of the best in local street art than the Arts District, located on the eastern edge of Downtown. Read on for an itinerary of street art gems in Downtown L.A. that can be explored without a car.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Walking or Biking
Total Distance: 2.7 miles. Distance Walking or Biking: 2.7 miles

Bicycling by the ocean

Celebrate World Car Free Day in Los Angeles


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The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is making it easier than ever to discover L.A. without a car. Car Free L.A. features a series of self-guided "car free" itineraries that offer a new, eco-friendly way to experience the best of L.A. via foot, bike and Metro. Whether it’s culture, coastal attractions, global cuisine, music or architecture, you can see it all car free. 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, join fellow Car Free enthusiasts around the globe and celebrate World Car Free Day. Read on for our guide to car free events taking place across the city, from bike tours to a scavenger hunt and a 5K run at Dodger Stadium. All events take place on Sept. 21 unless otherwise noted.

The Guide to the Sunset Strip Music Festival


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The 7th annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. SSMF will feature multiple outdoor stages, vendors and interactive experiences throughout the day and into the night.

Ticket options include a one-day ticket for $49.50, $99 weekend pass, $149 one-day VIP ticket, and a 3-day Ultimate VIP pass, which includes an exclusive ceremony honoring Jane’s Addiction. The street festival is scheduled for 2-11 p.m. on Saturday and 2-10 p.m. on Sunday. Venues within the closure will host free shows for ticketed attendees during the day and after the street festival closes, until 2 a.m. Entrance is first-come, first-served.

For tickets and information, visit http://ssmf.com.



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In July, LATCB’s in-market rep, Imaginadora conducted several Los Angeles product training sessions and events for major Brazilian tour operators including MMT Gapnet, CVC and Nascimento Tourismo.  A total of 145 tour operator staff completed the Los Angeles destination training in the month of July.  Brazil is currently one of the destination’s fastest growing visitor markets and, Los Angeles looks forward to welcoming more Brazilian visitors as tour operator partners add more L.A. product to their online and print brochures.

July 2014 Lodging Metrics


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 • Los Angeles ranked 7th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 87.1% (a historical monthly high), up +2.2% compared to the same period last year (85.2%). 

 • Los Angeles ADR was $154.40 (a historical monthly high) and ranked 7th among the Top 25 Markets, up +10.0% compared to the same period last year ($140.34).

 • Los Angeles RevPAR was $134.41 (a historical monthly high) and ranked 7th among the Top 25 Markets, up +12.5% compared to the same period last year ($119.51).

• Rooms nights sold were 2.63 million countywide (a historical monthly high), reflecting a +3.3% increase over July 2013 (2.55 million room nights). 

• The LAX area (93.2%) and Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (90.0%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month.  

•  Downtown L.A. (+21.3%) and the LAX area (+13.9%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

News & Notes - September 2014


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Tom Mullen has been named LATCB’S Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing all operating functions including finance, human resources, member and visitor relations, as well as responsibility for new business development.

A seasoned travel and retail executive, Mullen joined LATCB in June, 2013, as Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances.  Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years with American Express Travel Related Services, Inc. in a variety of positions including Vice President, Sales and Account Development, Merchant Services America, where he managed more than 1,600 merchant relationships throughout Los Angeles, Northern California and Hawaii; General Manager, Travel Services, Hawaii, Guam and Micronesia; Director, Merchant Services, Hawaii; Manager, Business Development and Strategic Planning; Manager, Finance & Administration; and Financial Analyst.

Mullen has also been very involved with the Los Angeles travel industry, serving two terms as Chairman of LATCB’s Board of Directors from 2009-2013.