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News & Notes - December 2015


Discover Los Angeles

Go behind-the-scenes with the Lakers and NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal at the 12th annual Lakers All Access on Monday, January 25, 2016 beginning at 5 p.m. at STAPLES Center. Whether you’re a diehard fan or just want to enjoy a great evening on the court, you won’t want to miss Lakers All-Access. Shoot hoops, tour the locker room, take photos with the championship trophies and alumni, and call play-by-play on historic Laker moments. Dinner served on the court as Bill Macdonald interviews Shaquille O’Neal, Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young, Roy Hibbert, Byron Scott, James Worthy and more! Net proceeds from the event support the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC), both nonprofit organizations. For more information check out sponsorship and ticket opportunities and email Kathryn Schloessman at [email protected]

Shaq's monster dunk after an alley-oop from Kobe Bryant

Lakers All-Access: Jan. 25, 2016


Discover Los Angeles

Confirmed speakers and on-court participants include:

  • SHAQUILLE O’NEAL: Sports Analyst, TNT and former Center, Los Angeles Lakers
  • ELGIN BAYLOR: Former Forward, Los Angeles Lakers
  • JEANIE BUSS: President, Los Angeles Lakers
  • ROY HIBBERT: Center, Los Angeles Lakers
  • ROBERT HORRY: Studio Analyst, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and former Forward, Los Angeles Lakers
  • BILL MACDONALD: Lakers Play-by-Play Announcer (Moderator)
  • JULIUS RANDLE: Forward, Los Angeles Lakers
  • D’ANGELO RUSSELL: Guard, Los Angeles Lakers
  • BYRON SCOTT: Head Coach, Los Angeles Lakers
  • JAMES WORTHY: Studio Analyst, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and former Forward, Los Angeles Lakers
  • NICK YOUNG: Guard, Forward, Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Skyline

stayL.A. - New Hotels Coming to L.A. in 2017


Scores of new hotels are springing up all over Los Angeles - from a five-star luxury resort, a cutting edge boutique hotel to a renovated historic building and much more. Here’s a look at L.A.’s new hotel properties slated to open in 2017.

meetL.A. - Only in L.A. Venues


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Perched more than 1,000 feet above Downtown L.A., Skyspace LA will next year debut as a premier event venue boasting panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Located on floors 69 and 70 of the iconic OUE U.S. Bank Tower, Skyspace LA will feature an outdoor observation deck with amazing views of the city when it opens in spring 2016. The event space will offer modern, sophisticated design with 6,000 square feet of flexible event space, accommodating up to 500 guests. Skyspace LA will have it all: a full-service bar, catering prep kitchen, integrated lighting design and on-site valet service. For more information, visit

L.A. Tourism Debuts


Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) officially launched, a brand new website designed as a comprehensive, one-stop gateway for meeting professionals looking to conduct business in Los Angeles, one of the world’s premier meeting destinations. Created specifically to fit the needs of meeting and event professionals, the site ensures buying decisions become simpler and stress-free. offers critical tools to navigate the city of Los Angeles with ease such as find a venue, compare venues and interactive mapping.

“L.A. Tourism understands the importance of the meetings industry and we’ve taken detailed measures to create a website that truly reflects a planner’s interests and desires,” said Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales at the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “ is designed to ensure we connect with, and provide an engaging platform for, all generations of the meeting community.”

Readily accessible from all mobile devices, boasts enriched creative and up-to-date content such as information on new and refreshed hotels, group dining, green meetings and airport options.

LAX's Reimagined Terminal 2 Nears Completion


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Westfield, in partnership with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is getting set to unveil the transformed Terminal 2 at LAX in January 2016. The new Terminal 2 will soon offer 20 new dining and retail destinations – including nine Southern California-based brands and feature cutting-edge design and new traveler amenities. The 16,000 square-foot dining and retail collection will introduce eight new airport firsts including 12 dining options – double the existing program – curated by Westfield. This gathering of global cuisines will provide a traveler-friendly mix of fresh and healthy sit-down, casual dining, and grab-and-go. With twice the shopping options at nine retail destinations, Terminal 2 will offer travelers an enhanced selection of travel essentials and specialty retail.

Travelers at Terminal 2 can:
•    Experience SeaLegs Wine Bar, featuring a selection of great wines paired with the art of gourmet California share plates with exceptional flavors
•    Savor “boat-to-plate” American seafood at the fast-casual SLAPFISH Modern Seafood Shack
•    Slice into made-from-scratch happiness at The Pie Hole, with great pie and coffee sourced from high quality ingredients
•    Taste modern cantina flavors at Pepita Cantina, an L.A.-based concept created by "Top Chef" alum Mike Isabella
•    Enjoy flavorful Chinese cuisine that's “wok’d to order” at Pick Up Stix
•    Delight in a simple recipe of handmade dough and the finest mozzarella at Fresh Brothers Pizza
•    Grab organic sandwiches, salads and more with an Italian flair at Ciabatta Bar
•    Craft a signature burger at L.A.-based BUILT custom burger
•    Dine in L.A. history at Barney’s Beanery, a classic American roadhouse modeled after Route 66
•    Sip coffee at Starbucks
•    Discover a full range of body-shaping innovations at international phenomenon SPANX
•    Shop travel essentials at CNBC and Univision shops
•    Find the latest in electronics and cutting-edge technology on-the-go at eSavvy, and a first-ever “Beats Bar” at InMotion Entertainment

Built in 1962 as LAX’s original international terminal, Terminal 2 is comprised of 11 aircraft gates and is home to 10 domestic and international airlines, including Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Hawaiian Air and Virgin Atlantic. Terminal 2 serves more than 5.5 million travelers annually.