Published on : Thursday, January 12, 2017
L.A. County has set a record of attracting an overwhelming number of tourists for the sixth straight year, as asserted by Eric Garcetti, the mayor of this region at a press conference at Universal Studios.
The country was capable of embracing about 43.7 million tourists in the year 2016 that marks a 4% increase from the same figures in 2015, as per a release by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.
All this amounted to a 81.3% average occupancy rate for hotels in the year 2016. This is the first time that the hotels of this part of the world have surpassed the 80% mark. As much as about 29.2 millions of nights of hotel lodging were sold out.
It has been found that 40.2 million of the tourists came from other states.
On the other hand, 7.1 million people arrived from overseas. China and Mexico were among the leading two countries who had been able to draw in the maximum number of visitors to L.A.
In fact, L.A. had become the first U.S. city to lure over 1 million tourists from China in 2016.
And, it seems that officials wish this growing trend to continue since the Board said that it going to open a tourism office in Chengdu in China. Furthermore, more offices would be inaugurated in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
The Chinese tourists ended up spending about $215 billion overseas last year.
Garcetti feels that the immense popularity of the theme park known as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that had opened in the year 2015 is one of the major growth drivers of the L.A. tourism sector. In fact, Universal Studios was compelled to shut their doors on Monday, as the park had reached its maximum capacity.
Over 40,000 people had rushed to the Universal theme park that day.
But then, Disneyland has witnessed a slump of 10% in footfall this year.