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Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries

James Beard Foundation Names Father Greg Boyle 2016 Humanitarian of the Year

01/28/2016

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Based in Downtown L.A., Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. As a Jesuit priest, Father Boyle has dedicated his life to helping those in need. In 1986 he was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, at the time the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located amidst two large public housing projects and the territory of numerous rival gangs.

November 2015 Lodging Metrics

01/21/2016

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Los Angeles ranked 5th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 72.4%, up +0.1% compared to the same period last year (72.3%).

L.A. Tourism at Work - January 2016

01/20/2016

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Professional Travel Agents of North America Pre-FAM
L.A. Tourism hosted 120 members of the Professional Travel Agents of North America December 3-5, 2015 for a Pre-FAM tour of the LA Waterfront in San Pedro before the group attended their annual conference onboard a Princess Cruises trip to the Mexican Riviera. The sightseeing tour showcased San Pedro as a premier destination for pre and post cruises with highlights including the USS Iowa, CRAFTED, and a Harbor Breeze cruise around the Port of Los Angeles. Accommodations were provided by the Doubletree San Pedro and the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor.


IBTM World
L.A. Tourism exhibited at IBTM World in Barcelona, Spain where representatives spent three days conducting business and networking with international buyers and suppliers. For the first time at the show, L.A. Tourism exhibited at their own booth, sharing with four partners including InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, J.W. Marriot LA Live, The Line and SLS Beverly Hills. More than 60 scheduled appointments took place at the show with international hosted buyers from China, Brazil, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom. Other leads from Turkey, Poland, India, China, Czech Republic and the UK were also generated.

American Airlines Launch in Sydney
L.A. Tourism’s Australia office attended the American Airlines event in support of the airline’s launch of new service from Sydney to LAX December 19, 2015. This non-stop service is in partnership with Qantas Airways and operates daily aboard a brand new, state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with four cabin classes. In partnership with Visit California, L.A. Tourism welcomed passengers aboard the inaugural flight at Sydney’s airport with L.A. themed gifts.
L.A. Tourism – Japan
L.A. Tourism’s Asia Pacific office attended the USA seminar hosted by United Airlines and All Nippon Airways in Niigata to promote their services from Niigata to international destinations including Los Angeles. Representatives provided updated information on L.A. including travel trends, LAX news including the Tom Bradley International Terminal and new attractions such as The Broad. More than 30 travel agents from the region attended the seminar.

L.A. Tourism – France
L.A. Tourism’s France representatives conducted the third series of trainings for 2015-2016 at Air Tahiti Nui December 1, 2015 at ATN’s headquarters in Paris. There were 14 travel agents who participated in the training and updates about Los Angeles was shared.

L.A. Tourism’s France office organized and executed an event with XL Airways December 15, 2015 to celebrate the launch of XL’s new route from Paris to Los Angeles. The event was held at California Avenue, a bar in central Paris which is decorated in Californian style with a beach theme and was attended by hundreds of travel agents, product managers and airline representatives.

 

News & Notes - January 2016

01/20/2016

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2016 Winter dineL.A. Restaurant Week, the popular biannual celebration of the city’s vibrant culinary scene is here! Now through Sunday, January 31, 2016, dineL.A. Restaurant Week features specially curated lunch and dinner menus from more than 300 restaurants along with a new tier of experiential menus from the city’s top chefs via the Exclusive Series presented by Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express. New to the program this year is a partnership with The Midnight Mission, a local nonprofit, which provides food, shelter, and essential aid to those experiencing homelessness throughout the county. Together with OpenTable, dineL.A. will promise $1 of each seated reservation booked through www.discoverLosAngeles.com/dineLA to The Midnight Mission. One nutritious meal will be provided to someone in need for each dollar given.

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