L.A. Tourism Market Outlook Forum - August 25, 2016

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Save the date for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB) Market Outlook Forum, the strategic forecasting conference aimed at businesses interested in capitalizing on L.A.’s record-breaking tourism growth.

Agenda to include:

  • Latest travel and tourism trends from industry experts
  • Current L.A. visitation forecasts and industry perspectives
  • First look at LATCB’s global sales and marketing plans for the year ahead
  • Network with LATCB staff and learn how to participate in programs/events

The annual event will take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Loews Hollywood Hotel and is complimentary for all LATCB members. RSVP details will be sent next week.

Los Angeles Wins 2016 British LGBT Award

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Los Angeles received the British LGBT Award for 2016 Destination of the Year. Designed to showcase individuals and organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community, the British LGBT Awards champion the very best in LGBT talent and celebrate LGBT-friendly businesses. Dubbed Britain’s “Gay Oscars,” the Awards are the U.K.’s most publicized LGBT event annually. Los Angeles took home this prestigious honor going up against seven other notable LGBT-friendly destinations: Madrid, Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin, Phuket, Toronto and Zurich.

Photo Credit: ChrisJepson.com

L.A. Shines at the 2016 James Beard Awards!

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The 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced, and Los Angeles chefs won awards in several of the top categories, including:

  • Outstanding Chef: Suzanne Goin (The Lucques Group - a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern, The Larder Baking Co, Hollywood Bowl concessions)
  • Best Chef West: Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Jon and Vinny's, Son of a Gun, Animal, Trois Familia, Petit Trois, Trois Mec)
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef: Dahlia Narvaez (Mozza Restaurant Group - Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, chi SPACCA)

dineL.A. Director, Stacey Sun says, "We’re excited the rest of the country is finally discovering what we already knew - that L.A. has one of the nation's most dynamic food scenes with some of the most talented chefs. We’re continuously attracting new talent from all over the world because L.A. provides a platform for freedom and creativity, along with unparalleled ingredients."

June Member Mixer

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Network with industry peers at an exclusive preview of OUE Skyspace LA. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Skyspace LA.

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: OUE SkySpace LA
633 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Parking Info: Please park at the Westlawn Garage located on 524 South Flower Street.

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According to research from the U.S. Travel Association, travelers during Memorial Day weekend in late May were expected to spend a total of $12 billion on their trips, an increase of 1.2 percent from last year. AAA forecasted that 38 million Americans were going to travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend.

Los Angeles World Airports forecasted a busy Memorial Day weekend at LAX as the airport expected more than 849,000 passengers to pass through during the period. LAX expects to handle a record 24.5 million passengers during the upcoming summer travel season, which lasts through Labor Day.

French leisure carrier XL Airways launched nonstop service to Paris three times a week at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for the first time operating at Terminal 2 with Airbus A330 aircraft on June 1, 2016.

WOW air, Iceland’s ultra low-cost airline, kicked off its West Coast service in Los Angeles on June 15, with WOW Airbus A330-300 flight from Los Angeles to Reykjavik, Iceland.  WOW air will offer regular weekly service to Reykjavik for as low as $99.