News & Notes - May 2017

05/17/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Discover Los Angeles showed the world that #EveryoneisWelcome on Saturday, May 6 when hundreds of Angelenos helped create one of the world’s largest, human-powered welcome signs, greeting visitors arriving from around the world with a warm message of love, compassion and inclusivity. Synchronized volunteers spelled out “welcome” in four languages: Spanish, Chinese, English and Arabic in a spectacular, stadium-style show, to welcome visitors from around the globe. This event was the next evolution of Discover L.A.’s #EveryoneisWelcome initiative which kicked off in April with an inspiring video which features Angelenos coming together in a message of hope, wonder and a willingness to accept everyone with open arms. Discover Los Angeles would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in making the event a success.

Spinner in a scene from "Blade Runner" (1982)

Go On Location: "Blade Runner" Locations in Los Angeles

05/16/2017

Jonathan Palmer

As the stunning images unfold for Blade Runner: 2049, the pulse of any movie-loving Angeleno quickens. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s mind-blowing original that stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, outlived its ho-hum box office returns and rose to classic status. The 1982 sci-fi film is among the most defining works of art ever created about our city - no other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair.

Blade Runner's futuristic megalopolis - set in a DayGlo-tinged noir dreamscape of Los Angeles in 2019 - is a thing of inspiring (and often troubling) beauty. Law enforcement and the city’s upper crust pilot their airborne spinner cars to avoid the traffic jams and lowlifes on the street, elegantly soaring past kaijū-scale electronic billboards. Punishing storms batter the city. And many of the citizenry may not even be human.

Short of flying car rentals, Los Angeles boasts more than enough Blade Runner sights to keep you busy while you wait for the sequel, which is now in theaters. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events.

March 2017 Lodging Metrics

05/15/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles ranked 5th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 83.5%, down -2.4% compared to March 2016 (85.6%).

Patio at Lucques

The Guide to Al Fresco Dining In Los Angeles

05/12/2017

Karen Young

Los Angeles has no shortage of restaurants for al fresco dining—from hotels to rooftops, oceanfront and urban sidewalk cafes. Here are 12 ground floor restaurants, from cozy to casual chic and fine dining, with very special - and mostly hidden - open air patios.

Hollywood Sign viewed from a helicopter

Top 10 Things to Do in Los Angeles This Summer

05/12/2017

Go City Card

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles? The Hollywood Sign, celebrities, or In-N-Out Burger? There's a lot more to L.A. than that. Plan a trip to Los Angeles this summer and prepare to get lost in the sunshine, ocean and Hollywood fun. There are so many great attractions to visit and you can’t beat the temperate weather during the Summer months.

Even better, you can save up to 55% during your trip with the Go Los Angeles Card, which lets you choose as you go from more than 30 top L.A. museums, tours and more. Read on for 10 Los Angeles attractions that are included in the Go Los Angeles Card for one low price.

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