News & Notes - February 2020

Coronavirus Update

Los Angeles Tourism is monitoring the Coronavirus situation very closely and has aggregated available and relevant information here for your reference.


What We’re Doing

We are working closely with the U.S. Travel Association – which is taking lead on this issue for our industry – to ensure we have the latest messaging on the topic. U.S. Travel has prepared this toolkit to help address any concerns.

We are also regularly communicating with LAX officials about the CDC passenger screening process and are continually monitoring new information shared by the CDC and L.A. County public health officials.

Los Angeles Tourism recently collaborated with local musicians to create an original piece of music dedicated to the people of China; this first video was shared across our Chinese-language website and social channels such as Weibo, WeChat and Douyin in addition to our domestic channels such as Instagram and LinkedIn. It has already been viewed more than 4 million times and has been shared by several Chinese media outlets, government officials, travel partners and key opinion leaders with warm sentiments.


President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. recorded a second video message to Chinese travel partners, emphasizing solidarity and common humanity during this uncertain time; this video was shared across our B2B channels in China and has also received incredibly positive reactions from the travel community.

China Travel Restrictions

In an effort to contain the virus, Chinese authorities have restricted travel in 12 cities in central China, in addition to suspending public transportation services in Wuhan and nearby areas. As such, we encourage our partners in tourism to show as much flexibility with China traveler cancellations given the travel moratoriums issued in China to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.


U.S. Travel Impact

It's important to note that there is no warning issued by any entity for travel to/within the United States or Los Angeles and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases has stated the health risk to the U.S. is low. At the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), passengers at LAX Airport (and four other main U.S. entry ports) who may have traveled to through the area of Wuhan are being screened (by the CDC) as a precaution

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Los Angeles International Airport set a new all-time record for passenger traffic in 2019 with nearly 88.1 million travelers. The passenger total at LAX is an increase of 0.62 percent over 2018, topping the previous record of 87.5 million travelers. While the number of international passengers was down 1.37 percent from 2018, a difference of approximately 350,000, the number of domestic passengers grew by 1.45 percent, or nearly 900,000.

Three new famous voices are now greeting guests at LAX, welcoming travelers to Los Angeles as the latest in the airport's "Voices of Los Angeles" project. The “Voices of Los Angeles” include local entertainers, sports figures, musicians, actors, chefs and other celebrity voices that echo the spirit of Los Angeles. The three newest voices now playing include:

• Allison Janney, an Academy Award-winning actress
• Danny Trejo, television and film actor and owner of several restaurants in Los Angeles, including Trejo's Tacos at LAX
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, retired player for the Los Angeles Lakers and businessman


During calendar year 2019, the L.A. County’s Leisure & Hospitality sector averaged 543,388 jobs, which is a 1.2% year-over-year increase and the ninth consecutive year of growth. This accounts for one out of every nine jobs in L.A. County.


Los Angeles County hotels reported an average occupancy rate of 79.7% for calendar year 2019, a 0.1% increase compared to the prior year. L.A.’s occupancy rate ranked 4th among the top 25 markets, trailing New York City, Oahu Island and San Francisco.


Travel to and within the United States grew 2.4% year over year in December, marking the industry's 10th consecutive year of expansion, according to the U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index (TTI). The Leading Travel Index (LTI), the predictive component of the TTI, projects overall U.S. travel volume will grow 1.4% year over year through June 2020. However, international inbound travel is expected to contract (-0.2%) over that same time period as a result of the continued strength of the U.S. dollar versus other key currencies and trade tensions. International inbound travel did expand slightly in December (0.8%)—only the second increase for the segment in the past seven months.