Discover L.A.’s vibrant regions — each one a destination in itself, filled with unforgettable experiences and unique attractions. When planning a meeting in Los Angeles, there are several hotels available with meeting space in these regions.
DOWNTOWN / L.A. METRO
Planning meetings and events in Downtown LA means access to world-class museums, entertainment venues, hotels in every size and price point, concert halls, theatres, and dozens of acclaimed restaurants. With rapidly expanding public transit options, new hotels on the way, a new central park, new supermarkets, a thriving nightlife and art scene, and countless new shops and boutiques, Downtown has led LA’s growth into a true metropolis. The endless entertainment, shopping, dining and culture will ensure your attendees come away relaxed and inspired.
LA created Hollywood and the magic of movies and television, establishing the United States as the world’s most influential creator of modern culture. Hollywood is still the entertainment capital of the world, and planning meetings and events in Hollywood can become red-carpet affairs that will inspire and energize guests. After the meetings, experience tinseltown glamour at TCL Chinese Theatre or the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has honored celebrities for over 50 years. The state-of the-art Dolby® TheatreSM at the Hollywood & Highland Center is home to the Academy Awards. Universal Studios HollywoodSM is LA’s premier theme park that includes the mind-blowing “Transformers™: The Ride 3-D,”® VIP Tour and the popular backlot studio tram tour. The famed Hollywood Bowl outdoor amphitheatre nestled in the mountains and the delicious multicultural cuisines of nearby Thai Town and Little Armenia will keep your guests entertained.
West Hollywood’s rock-star pedigree, trendy shopping, progressive attitude and non-stop nightlife will create a fun-filled and stylish setting for your events and meetings. The world-famous Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard provide endless dining and nightlife, and a thriving arts and LGBT scene make WeHo a fast-paced mini-metropolis.
Santa Monica’s stunning coastline, year-round warm weather, environmental friendly, health-conscious beach lifestyle, luxurious hotels, world-class dining, and arts and culture will add unforgettable ambiance to your meetings and events. Your attendees are guaranteed to entertained and inspired after the meetings are over.
Pasadena’s high quality hotels and variety of meeting and event venues mean meeting planners will find exactly what they need. Sun-splashed Pasadena’s small town charm and big-city arts & cultural institutions, fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment mean meeting attendees will be happy when the meetings are over.
Beverly Hills has always been synonymous with luxury, affluence and comfort. More than 100 of the world’s most renowned high-fashion retailers line Rodeo Drive, the shopping street known around the world. Ultra-luxurious hotels offer more secluded event space for smaller VIP events and meetings, and the exclusive shopping, worldclass dining, spa treatments and lush scenery will permeate your meetings and events and keep attendees relaxed and entertained. Meetings in Beverly Hills benefit from proximity to a major concentration of private medical industry and law firms.
The San Fernando Valley is spacious, green, laid-back and has blue skies and warm weather year-round. In addition to broad streets, abundant parking and small, unpretentious, economical meeting and event venues and restaurants, the Valley also has sophisticated hotels and sleek alternative event venues and conference centers. Countless bustling restaurants line Ventura Blvd. and the NoHo Arts District is a vital creative hub. Meetings and events in the Valley offer unparalleled value for quality, with business centers and conference hotels boasting some of the largest inventory of meeting spaces in the LA area.
Harness the endless summer of LA’s stunning coastlines, near-perfect climate, excellent hotels, world-class attractions, shopping and surf spots to plan bright, energetic, inspiring meetings and events. Enjoy easy access to the beach towns of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan, Marina Del Rey, and Venice for shopping, dining & relaxation after the meetings. Day cruises, boating and water sports abound for group activities. And meetings attendees can extend their trip into a Pacific Ocean cruise vacation – cruise ships to Mexico and Hawaii, and ferries to Catalina Island depart regularly from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The mountains of Malibu offer hiking, horseback riding and wine tasting.
As 2013 draws to an end, I can confidently say that the LA tourism industry has had a tremendously successful year, and we are entering 2014 with the wind at our backs.
We started off 2013 strong with news that 2012 was a record-breaking year, with 41.4 million visitors to Los Angeles. From there, we charted the course to reaching 50 million total visitors to Los Angeles by 2020, our Northstar goal of growing tourism to benefit the economy, boost business and create jobs in LA. We are on track to meet that goal.
LATCB launched our first domestic destination brand TV campaign in 2013, featuring LA celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and celebrity Angeleno Mario Lopez, which generated a 6% increase in intent to visit to Los Angeles. The advertising was bolstered by strong domestic press to the tune of $11 million worth of media value, including two weeks on The Today Show and a hotel room promotion that generated more than 60,000 hotel room nights.
We extended that campaign internationally with our first consumer advertising effort in the U.K., Australia and Canada.
Additional marketing programs included two dineLA Restaurant Week events, generating a total of $31 million in additional spending in Los Angeles restaurants and national and international media coverage about LA as a leading culinary destination.
We also ran two highly successful arts and culture marketing campaigns in 2013. The “LA Museum Season” program this fall generated more than 29,000 hotel room nights and $8.8 million in direct visitor spending. The spring “Discover the Arts” program generated 23,000 hotel room nights and $5.6 million in visitor spending.
On the heels of marriage equality returning to California in 2013. Los Angeles was named “2013 Destination of the Year” by British gay lifestyle magazine Attitude.
While 2013 was a soft year for the conventions industry nationwide, we still hosted 22 citywide conventions at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which generated an economic impact of $246 million. That included E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), LA’s biggest convention of the year, which drew 45,000 attendees, and generated 28,000 hotel room nights and had a $40 million economic impact. The 2013 RIMS (Risk Management Society) conference drew 10,000 attendees and generated 18,336 hotel room nights and had an economic impact of $24 million.
In calendar year 2013, we saw strong achievements from our Hotel Sales team, which generated 1,380 leads and attended nearly 70 tradeshows, as they worked to keep the meetings and group travel business strong with Los Angeles hotels.
Los Angeles achieved a strong growth in the number of new and expanded international air routes to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 2013, affirming the City’s ascendance as a leading international destination. LAX added two all-new daily international flights and four upgrades of existing flights to next-generation aircraft.
That adds to gains since 2011, with 10 new overseas international air services, hailing from Japan, China, Germany, France, Australia, the U.K., Dubai and Brazil. We hope to see that trend continue, thanks to the strong competitive position LAX has with the opening of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, with 9 out of 18 gates able to handle the largest next generation A-380 jets, more than any other airport in the United States.
These achievements are a testament to the support, passion, drive, creativity of our members, and the power we have when we work as a team to grow tourism in LA. And our reward is the prospect that 2013 will be another record-breaking year.
Coming off of these achievements, we can all look forward to the new year with confidence and optimism for LA’s tourism industry. As always, LATCB will be working on behalf of our members and partners, to keep the world coming to LA.
On behalf of LATCB, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday, and a prosperous new year.
With best wishes,
Ernest Wooden, Jr.
President and CEO
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Meetings in the Westside offer proximity to major medical, entertainment and federal government hubs. Many of LA’s most acclaimed, luxurious hotels and a wide variety of meeting and event venues mean meeting planners can host flawless events. From Culver City’s hip arts district to Museum Row, to the Brentwood’s fine dining, the Westside features high-end restaurants, luxury-brand shopping, eclectic boutiques, and world-class cultural attractions mean that endless entertainment is at the doorstep after the meetings.
From the desert to the sea, and the mountains and valleys, all of LA’s stunning diversity is captured in the neighboring regions, which includes Ontario, Pomona, La Habra, West Covina and many other communities. Neighboring regions are rich with large and vibrant ethnic neighborhoods, offering a rainbow of exciting international cuisine.