Aspen and Willow at Shambala Preserve

Take a Walk on the Wild Side in L.A.

02/28/2018

Shawna Kenney

Our feathered and furry friends find the weather and geography of Los Angeles just as hospitable as we do, which makes it an ideal place for animal sanctuaries. While coyotes, deer, rabbits and cougars enjoy free reign of our rugged terrain, sometimes their domesticated cousins need a little help to thrive. Here are a few local organizations caring for creatures great and small while offering memorable interactive experiences, sure to leave an impression on the heart.

Idle Hour in North Hollywood

The Ultimate Tour of the NoHo Arts District: Part Two

02/26/2018

Karen Young

Now that you've explored our guide to the NoHo Arts District, you're ready to discover the nearby nightlife options. These venues are all within walking distance of each other, but best to take a ride share, and then—crawl for music, drinks, and laughs until the wee hours of the morning.

Tamari roasted chicken with heirloom grains at Hayden

Los Angeles Wine Bars with Stellar Food

02/25/2018

Karen Young

Wine bars in Los Angeles run the gamut from intimate spots to full-service restaurants. Whether you're a novice or a oenophile, there's wine for all tastes and budgets. Menus cross styles as well, from simple cheese and charcuterie to more elaborate cuisine. While there are dozens of wine bars and restaurants from which to choose, check out this sampling of 12 wine bars and restaurants in Los Angeles.

Welcome to the NoHo Arts District

The Ultimate Tour of the NoHo Arts District

02/24/2018

Karen Young

And while the community does have a hip, Millennial, bohemian vibe, it’s a place for all ages as evidenced by a unique senior living community, the Noho Senior Arts Colony, which houses the state-of-the-art second location for the award-winning The Road Theatre Company.

February 2018 News & Notes

02/21/2018

Discover Los Angeles


Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board garnered top honors at Visit California’s Poppy Awards, the Golden State’s biennial celebration of the best and brightest tourism marketing efforts. L.A. Tourism took home “Best Overall Marketing Program” for its ‘Everyone is Welcome’ initiative as selected by a panel of industry marketing experts. Other finalists in this category included Disneyland Resort and Visit Napa Valley. Categories included best overall marketing programs (at three budget levels), best digital campaign, best content marketing initiative and best public relations campaign.

“The Poppy Awards celebrate California’s innovative, anything-is-possible spirit and raise the bar for travel marketing throughout the state and beyond,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “Congratulations to the winners and finalists whose creativity and dedication inspire their colleagues and elevate California as a world-class tourism destination.”

L.A. Tourism at Work - February 2018

02/21/2018

Discover Los Angeles

Luxury Training Week in Mexico


As part of L.A. Tourism’s efforts to bring its message of welcome to L.A.’s number one inbound international market, a tourism delegation traveled to Mexico City from January 23-26, 2018. President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. met with the Mayor of Mexico City, Mr. Miguel Mancera as well as Ms. Roberta Jackson, ambassador to Mexico, to strengthen tourism ties between the two cities. L.A. Tourism officials hosted destination trainings and private events for more than 800 Mexican travel professionals including travel trade executives, tour operators, travel agents, travel media and airline executives, expressing gratitude for their esteemed partnerships throughout the week. Nine partners and members joined L.A. Tourism in Mexico City including: Intercontinental Downtown, Los Angeles Athletic Club, The Dream Hotel Hollywood, Hilton Universal Studios, Lowes Hollywood, W Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Agent Kai New Year Luncheon


L.A. Tourism hosted the annual Agent Kai New Year Luncheon at RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen at Westfield Century City on Jan. 11, 2018. President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. welcomed the group of 31 agents and thanked them for their valued efforts in promoting Los Angeles to the Japanese traveler. The group also toured The Private Suite Century City as well as the newly transformed Westfield Century City after lunch.

Visit California - Korea Beverage Truck Event


In an effort to promote L.A. Tourism’s booth at Visit California Korea’s Olympic program, “California Outdoor Day,” Korea representative Yae Hwon Kim participated in a VCA Korea beverage truck promotion in Seoul on Jan. 19, 2018. The truck passed out California beverages i.e. Ghirardelli hot chocolate, Blue Bottle Coffee and wine to media partners, consumers and travel trade agencies including Hana Tour, Hanjin Travel, Naeil Tour, Yellow Ballon, ChildFund Korea. More than 500 travel trade and consumers participated in the beverage truck promotion.

California Outdoor Day – Korea


L.A. Tourism participated in Visit California Korea’s Olympic Program, “California Outdoor Day Event” on Jan. 28, 2018. The event showcased engaging 360-degree destination VR experiences to influence potential travelers to choose California as their next vacation destination with L.A. Tourism’s booth promoting biking through Venice Beach. Korea representative Yae Hwon shared details about Los Angeles and its offerings with travelers as they visited the booth.

Club California Nagoya – Japan


L.A. Tourism participated in Visit California’s 18th Club California event in Nagoya on Jan. 26, 2018. Japan representative Emiko Morimoto briefed travel trade partners on the latest L.A and LAX developments, hotels, attractions and activities with a focus on women’s travel, a growing trend in Japan. The seminar and networking event attracted 50 Japanese travel trade and media.

Go West Summit


L.A. Tourism’s Tamy Martelli, Regional Director for U.S. & Canada, attended Go West Summit in Salt Lake City from January 16-19, 2018. Held annually in the Western U.S., the conference gathers international and receptive tour operators and travel agencies that offer tours and book travel for international clients to West Coast destinations. Tamy successfully conducted 40 one-on-one business meetings with international buyers, sharing the latest and greatest L.A. happenings and developments.

Visit USA Committee General Meeting


L.A. Tourism’s Korea representative Yae Hwon Kim participated in the Visit USA Committee General Meeting at Aloft Hotel on Jan. 30, 2018. The meeting provided an update on the U.S. tourism market as well as upcoming opportunities for Visit USA Committee members.

Irish Travel Awards – Dublin
L.A. Tourism’s Europe office, in partnership with Visit California and Universal Studios Hollywood, co-hosted key tour operators from the region at the Irish Travel Industry Awards in Dublin on Jan. 25, 2018. The Irish Travel Industry Awards, sponsored by Aer Lingus, are the premier travel awards for tour operators, airlines and travel agents in Ireland.

L.A. Tourism in France


L.A. Tourism’s France representative Jean-Benoît conducted destination trainings at Air Tahiti Nui and TUI France at the Sur Mesure department in Lyon on Jan. 16 and 18, respectively. A total 23 travel agents received updates on direct flights to LAX as well as the latest and greatest destination happenings. 

L.A. Tourism in the Middle East


L.A. Tourism’s Middle East office conducted two destination training sessions at Al Naboodah Travel and Tourism Agencies in Dubai, UAE on Jan. 10, 2018 and at Al Rais Tours and Holidays in Dubai, UAE on Jan.15, 2018. A total 13 leisure agents from the agencies received updates on the latest L.A. attractions, hotels, new products, and direct air services from the Middle East to LAX.

Reiseliv Travel Exhibition – Norway


L.A. Tourism’s Scandinavia representative Johnny Gardsäter participated in the Reiseliv Travel Exhibition from Jan. 12-14, 2018, providing tour operators and travel agents from the region the latest and greatest L.A. and LAX updates

Discover America Sweden Seminar – Sweden


L.A. Tourism’s Scandinavia representative Johnny Gardsäter participated in Discover America Sweden at Radison Blue Waterfront Hotel on Jan. 16, 2018. He presented the latest and greatest L.A. and LAX updates to attending travel trade at his designated table top with rep Göran von Arbin. A total 152 agents attended Discover America Sweden.

Matka Travel Exhibition – Finland


L.A. Tourism’s Scandinavia representative Johnny Gardsäter participated in Matka Nordic Travel Fair, is the largest travel industry event in Northern Europe, on Jan. 18-21, 2018. He met with key agents and tour operators to promote Los Angeles, providing the latest destination updates while supporting SAS Airlines direct flights to LAX. The event attracts more than 50,000 consumers and 20,000 travel trade professionals annually. 

L.A. Tourism in China


In-house Training for TripJC in Chengdu
L.A. Tourism’s Chengdu office conducted an in-house training at TripJC on Jan. 15, 2018 for eight sales and operations representatives. Staff delivered updates on direct flights from China to LAX, the latest developments in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program.

GO AMERICA Operation Center Opening Event


L.A. Tourism’s Chengdu office participated in GO AMERICA’s Operation Center opening event, hosted by Sichuan Shanghai Airlines Holiday Tours, in Chengdu on Jan. 16, 2018. Staff shared updates on direct flights from China to LAX, the latest developments in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program. A total of 300 trade sales and operations professionals from different travel agencies attended the event. GO AMERICA Operation Center is an alliance of four local travel agencies (Sichuan Shanghai Airlines Holiday Tours, Sichuan Kanghui Travel Service, Chengdu Overseas Travel Service, and Chengdu Sihai International Travel Service) serving the southwest China market with an emphasis on products in America’s west coast.

Beijing Lvye International Travel


L.A. Tourism’s Beijing office staff conducted an in-house training at Beijing Lvye International Travel for eight sales and operations staff on Jan. 17, 2018. Staff shared updates on direct flights from China to LAX, the latest developments in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program. Lvye International Travel Service is a company of Beijing Lvye Horizon Information Technology Co., Ltd, focusing on outdoor healthy lifestyle and tailor-made tours.

Visit California Club Event – Wuhan


Organized by Visit California, L.A. Tourism’s Shanghai office participated in a VCA California Club event from Jan. 19-20, 2018. A total 14 travel agents and one airline attended the event, which was themed “Gold in California.” Staff shared updates on direct flights from China to LAX, the latest developments in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program and L.A. Tourism’s WeChat account. The California Club program is a series of events of combining networking, team building with training for the trade people in China.

Brand USA Training in Jinan & Qingdao


L.A. Tourism’s Beijing office participated in six in-house training sessions hosted by BrandUSA from Jan. 22 - 26, 2018 in Jinan and Qingdao. Staff shared updates on direct flights from China to LAX highlighting Shandong, the latest developments at LAX and in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program as well as the newly developed ‘L.A. Mini Products.” More than 240 participants from 35 travel agencies in Shandong with North American tour products attended the trainings.

Chengdu China Youth Travel Service In-house Training


L.A. Tourism’s Chengdu office conducted an in-house training for Chengdu China Youth Travel Service Co. on Jan. 23, 2018. A total 23 staff from sales, operations and marketing received updates on direct flights from China to LAX highlighting CTU/CKG by Hainan, the latest developments at LAX and in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program.

BTG International Travel & Tours In-house Training


L.A. Tourism’s Beijing office conducted an in-house training at Beijing Lvye International Travel on Jan. 24, 2018 with 15 sales and operations staff attending. Staff shared updates on direct flights from China to LAX highlighting from Beijing via American Airlines, the latest developments at LAX and in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program. Founded in 1999, BTG International Travel & Tours is a large state-owned tourism group in Beijing focusing on business tours and tailor-made tours.

Shenzhen In-house Trainings


L.A. Tourism’s Guangzhou Office conducted two in-house trainings for Shenzhen Joy International Travel Service on Jan. 24 and Shenzhen Jiannan International Travel Service on Jan. 25, 2018, respectively with a total 17 tour operators attending. Staff shared updates on direct flights from China to LAX highlighting SZX via Air China and HKG via Hong Kong Airlines, the latest developments at LAX and in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program

In-house Training at Shanghai Jin Jiang Tours
L.A. Tourism’s Shanghai office conducted an in-house training at Shanghai Jin Jiang Tours on Jan. 28, 2018 for 60 retail shop and trade sales managers. Staff shared updates on direct flights from China to LAX highlighting from Beijing via American Airlines, the latest developments at LAX and in the destination including attractions, shopping, hotels and events while introducing the L.A. Academy training program as well as L.A. Tourism’s social platforms. Shanghai Jin Jiang Tours is one of the top outbound wholesalers and retail travel agencies in East China, handling 3,200 travelers to L.A. in 2017.

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