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News & Notes - July 2015

07/08/2015

Discover Los Angeles


Out Now Global, an Australian research firm, predicted enormous growth in LGBT travel to the United States as a result of the recent landmark Supreme Court decision that established gay marriage as a fully legal right in the U.S. The firm predicts LGBT tourism will likely increase by 9 percent over the next three years, creating an influx of 1.3 LGBT tourists spending more than $4.25 billion over that same period. Seven key LGBT markets were surveyed including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Each country showed an increase of LGBT visitors of between 9 and 11 percent. Brazil showed the largest projected increase with 465,000 visitors.


The Metro Expo Line extension (Phase 2) from Culver City to Santa Monica is nearly 90 percent complete and is on pace to open by spring 2016. The extension, a 6.6-mile corridor, will connect Downtown L.A. to the beach in an estimated 46 minutes. The project is expected to carry up to 64,000 people by 2030 with the addition of Santa Monica to the existing line.

Air China recently launched the airline’s third daily nonstop service from Beijing to Los Angeles. With the launch, Air China also began operations at LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Air China is the only airline with nonstop service between the two cities.

The experience at LAX's Terminal 5 now reflects the style of L.A. and its travelers as Delta Air Lines unveiled the completion of a three-year terminal wide refurbishment, including the airline’s first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE. The $229-million project included enhancements such as new jet bridges; a renovated Sky Priority lobby; an expanded ticketing lobby and four additional security screening checkpoints; and new baggage carousels and international baggage recheck facilities.

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