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Words from Wooden - June 2013

05/30/2013

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As I write this month’s column, I am in China, continuing my focus on making sure LA remains the No. 1 destination for the rapidly growing China travel market.

LA TOURISM AT WORK - JUNE 2013

05/30/2013

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Around the world, in town, and on the web, LA Tourism and Convention Board is working to help grow and support the Los Angeles tourism community and keep the world coming to LA.

JUNE 2013 NEWS AND NOTES

05/30/2013

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Leading into summer, LA Tourism makes major inroads in an already strong position in the China travel market; bringing LA’s attractions to the world at International Pow Wow and bringing the LGBT travel convention to Los Angeles; getting ready for dineLA Summer Restaurant Week; LA Tourism gaining significant media coverage for the destination and our members and partners; and lots of updates on industry news.

April 2013 Lodging Metrics

05/29/2013

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  • Los Angeles ranked 6th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 77.4%, up +2.8% compared to the same period last year (75.3%).
  • Los Angeles ADR was $138.06 and ranked 8th among the Top 25 Markets, up +7.4% compared to the same period last year ($128.55).
  • Los Angeles RevPAR was $106.85 and ranked 8th among the Top 25 Markets, up +10.4% compared to the same period last year ($96.77).
  • • Rooms nights sold were 2.25 million countywide, reflecting a +2.8% increase over April 2012 (2.19 million room nights).
  • Hollywood/Beverly Hills (84.7%) and the LAX area (84.4%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month. 
  • Downtown LA (+16.5%) and Los Angeles Southeast (+13.0%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth both driven by sizeable ADR increases.

 

What's Coming - June 2013

05/29/2013

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Please join us on Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an opportunity to be first to see the new AKA Beverly Hills' outdoor terrace with spectacular panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills.

Enjoy a wine tasting and two glasses of wine hosted by Malibu Discovery Tours, hors d' oeuvres hosted by Morton's The Steakhouse, and dessert hosted by Chocbite, all while networking with other LA Tourism members and industry peers. Tours of AKA Beverly Hills will be available throughout the event.

AKA Beverly Hills is an exclusive, contemporary residential oasis that balances the style and hospitality of an intimate hotel with the space and comfort of a fully appointed luxury condominium. Situated at Crescent Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, this premier location is within walking distance to the world-famous Rodeo Drive, Via Rodeo and Robertson Boulevard, a shopping paradise.

Summer 2013 Happenings

05/08/2013

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Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘VIP Experience’ Combines Private Guided Theme Park Adventure with Unprecedented Behind-the-Scenes Access

Universal Studios Hollywood has raised the bar for its star-treatment "VIP Experience," granting limited parties of guests expanded behind-the-scenes access to previously "off-limits" areas of the famed Hollywood dream factory. Guest will be pampered with an elegant continental breakfast at a VIP Lounge, offering unlimited food service at favorite theme park locations and ushering them to the front of the line at such world-famous attractions as "Revenge of the Mummy -- The Ride" and "Jurassic Park -- The Ride."  The additional access to key Studio production areas now allows "VIP Experience" guests the opportunity to see the machinery of the filmmaking process in its entirety, including sound stages and standing sets, post-production bays and craft support facilities, as well an up-close view of an authentic Academy Awards® Oscar statuette®.  Only in recent years, in response to growing demand for a "luxury" studio experience, has the program been offered to the public and never before with these new enhancements.

Chefs Behind Popular Pop-Up LudoBites and Meat-Centric Animal Collaborate to Create Hot New Restaurant Concept

This summer the hottest ticket in town is to Trois Mec, a 26-seat restaurant that operates via a pay-in-advance ticketing system with reservations that are leaked once every two weeks. Diners are clamoring for the highly coveted experience of bellying up to a five-course chef’s table experience prepared by three of LA’s top celebrity chefs: Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Trois Mec, which translates to “three guys” in French. Trois Mec posts daily open reservations on its Facebook page, great for visitors looking to snag a last-minute seat. Visiting food lovers unable to score a reservation can delight in knowing that the city is a treasure trove of good eats. Explore LA’s dynamic dining scene by visiting www.discoverLosAngeles.com/dinela.

Grand Central Market Reinvents Itself as the Iconic Steward of LA Street Food

Celebrating the cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles since 1917, the historic Grand Central Market food arcade is an unparalleled eating and shopping experience showcasing the best local chefs, culinary purveyors and entrepreneurs. Grand Central Market, located in Downtown Los Angeles, reaffirms this tradition with the spring and summer openings of Sticky Rice, LA’s first Thai comfort food restaurant; Valerie at Grand Central Market, offering a modern interpretation of the coffee shop counter experience; G&B Coffee, an award-winning coffee bar that just completed a seven month pop-up within Silver Lake’s SQIRL Café; Horse Thief, connoisseurs of central Texas-style BBQ; and The Oyster Gourmet helmed by Christophe Happillon, the only Master Ecailler (shellfish master) in Los Angeles. 

PUP Program Brings Dogs to LAX to Help Weary Travelers Unwind

Passengers at LAX are now greeted by a new breed of furry Airport Volunteers — dogs! PUP, started as part of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), aims to create a less stressful airport experience for travelers. Trained dogs with special handlers will roam through the gate areas on the departure level of each terminal and visit passengers awaiting flights. The service is provided by Therapy Dogs Inc., which has been spreading smiles and stress relief to people in hospitals, special needs centers, schools and nursing homes since 1990.

On the horizon for LAX is the New Tom Bradley International Terminal. The $1.7-billion new Tom Bradley International Terminal will create a world-class terminal that offers better passenger convenience, amenities and services and solidifies LA’s role as an international gateway. The West Gates and a Great Hall featuring dining, shopping and other passenger amenities are scheduled to open in summer 2013 and East Gates, security and U.S. Customs and Immigration areas set for completion by the end of 2013.

Cultural Anniversaries

05/08/2013

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Beginning this summer through 2015, some of LA’s – and the world’s – most prestigious institutions are celebrating 10th, 15th, 35th, 50th, 90th and Centennial anniversaries with special exhibitions and events.