Los Angeles becomes first US city to welcome over one million Chinese visitors in a year

Published on : Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chinese visitors on Surfers Paradise Beach in QueenslandThe year 2016 was a big year for Los Angeles’ tourism industry. Los Angeles has emerged as the first ever US city destination to welcome over one million visitors from China in one year, China’s Xinhua news agency reported authorities as saying Wednesday.

Besides reaching the mark of 1 million Chinese visitors, both the city’s domestic and international visitation had reached an all time high, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism) reported.

“Tourism is booming in Los Angeles, and it’s helping to drive our whole city’s economy forward,” said LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Last year, total domestic visitation to LA reached 40.2 million, a 3.8 percent increase over 2015.

An additional 7.1 million international visitors also visited LA which is a 3.5 per cent rise over the previous year, statistics showed.

LA Tourism will continue to invest in the market with plans to expand its footprint, the report said.

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